NCAA tournament 2014: No. 4 Michigan State ends Harvard’s run


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No. 12 seed Harvard stepped onto the court in Spokane, Wash., against No. 4 Michigan State as the underdog, but the Crimson had the arena buzzing after becoming the first Ivy League school to win games in consecutive NCAA tournaments since Princeton did in 1983-1984.

The Crimson gave Michigan State all it could handle, but fell just short in a 80-73 loss to the Spartans. Harvard trailed by 16 early in the second half but rallied to grab the lead on Laurent Rivard’s three-pointer with 7 minutes and 12 seconds remaining. But Spartans guard Travis Trice responded with a three on the next possession and the Spartans led the rest of the way.

Michigan State is making its 12th Sweet 16 appearance in the past 17  years and its third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. The Spartans are looking for their first Elite Eight appearance since 2010.

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Tariq Lee · March 22, 2014