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First-round NCAA winners include...Harvard?

Friday - 3/22/2013, 11:30am  ET

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It's a school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners.

And now, Harvard has produced its first NCAA basketball tournament victory, with an upset of third-seeded New Mexico last night in Salt Lake City.

The 14th-seeded Crimson pulled off the biggest surprise of March Madness so far with the 68-to-62 win. It comes against a team that was expected to advance deep into the tournament.

Harvard senior Christian Webster calls it the "number-one moment" in his career, and said the team showed "a lot of toughness."

The school's most famous basketball alum, the NBA's Jeremy Lin, tweeted in celebration, adding, "I told you."

The jokesters at Harvard Lampoon tweeted, "America, we are sorry for messing up your brackets and also your financial system and everything else."

Next up is a meeting with sixth-seeded Arizona.

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094-a-13-(Wesley Saunders, Harvard guard, in interview)-"out the victory"-Harvard guard Wesley Saunders says winning this game was a major accomplishment for himself and his team. (22 Mar 2013)

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095-a-09-(Christian Webster., Harvard guard, in interview)-"the second round"-Harvard senior guard Christian Webster said he was happy his college career will be extended at least one more game. (22 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO UTRB149: Harvard's Siyani Chambers (1) celebrates with teammate Christian Webster, right, after defeating New Mexico 68-62 during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (21 Mar 2013)


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