Lin Delivers Triple Overtime Dagger To William & Mary; Harvard Wins, 87-85
Pictured: Jeremy Lin celebrates his game-winner Sunday afternoon (Photo: Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jeremy Lin stuck a dagger to William & Mary Sunday evening in triple overtime as his 3-point shot that started as a runner from half court found the net as he was fouled to lift Harvard to an 87-85 victory in its season opener.
With Harvard (2-0) leading, 84-83, with 11 seconds left, the Crimson missed a pair of free throws in an otherwise superb shooting night from the stripe. William & Mary's (0-2) Sean McCurdy streaked down court and laid in the go-ahead basket with just under four seconds left. The Crimson inbounded the ball to Lin, who raced up the right side of the floor.
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Lin was bumped at midcourt by W&M's Danny Sumner and then by McCurdy as he stepped into a shot from just over the half-court line. The refs called a foul but it didn't matter as his touch was true in sending Harvard home winners and negating a big comeback for the Tribe - which trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half.
Lin finished with 19 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in 46 minutes while Oliver McNally had 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from long range to go with five helpers. Big men Keith Wright and Pat Magnarelli both chipped in 12 points while adding important blocked shots each during the extra sessions.
Lin drives early in Sunday's game against David Schneider
Photo: Gil Talbot
The Tribe was led by Quinn McDowell's 23 points in 50 minutes.
In a game filled with dramatics, Harvard led 39-26 just under two minutes into the second half when McNally drained a triple. The Tribe worked its way back into the game thanks to a six-minute field goal drought by the Crimson as fouls for both teams started piling up. The Tribe went to the line 18 times in the second half, making 15 but needed a wild 3-pointer form Sumner with 29 seconds left in regulation to extend the game.
In the first OT, a free throw shot by Marcus Kitts gave his side its first lead since it led early, 8-2, this time with 2:32 left on the clock. Harvard immediately regained a 3-point lead thanks to free throws from Brandyn Curry and a strong inside bucket from Wright. However, leading 68-65, Curry was whistled for a gut-wrenching foul as Sumner was losing control of the ball while trying to get off a desperation heave with 31 seconds left and the shot clock down to one. Sumner toed the line and connected three times to send the game to a second OT.
In OT number two, McDowell tried to deliver his own dagger when he drilled a triple with 55 seconds left to give W&M a 77-74 lead. However, Lin was fouled while attempting a three of his own, and the do-everything guard calmly made all three of his freebies to send it into a third session.
In all, William & Mary was 26-for-33 form the free throw line while Harvard was 24-for-30. Harvard reserve players accounted for 32 points.