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Brown loses Ivy Championship to Yale 62-61 on heartbreaking buzzer beater

March 17th, 2024

Yale scored two at the buzzer to lift them over Brown in the Ivy Championship. (Photo by Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Brown Bears lost the Ivy Championship to the Yale Bulldogs by just one point on Sunday, ending their dream run in the conference championship and continuing their NCAA Tournament drought.

Yale, down 60-54 with 22 seconds left, managed to score eight points before time ran out — including the game-winning shot at the buzzer — to beat Brown 62-61. Being up by that much with so little time left typically means the game is in hand, but Brown let the game slip away in heartbreaking fashion.

Yale, the No. 2 seed, did. not expect to face Brown in the final, but that’s the story of Brown’s season. Through February 16, Brown had a feeble 6-17 record and wasn’t expected to seriously contend for anything. But the next day against Penn they started a seven-game winning streak that lasted through the end of the regular season and through the Ivy semifinal against Princeton.

Princeton, the No. 1 seed, is the team Yale expected to face. But Brown beat them 90-81 to make it to the championship. And Yale may have been secretly hoping to face Princeton, since they lost to Brown in overtime on March 9.

And just eight days later, Brown almost pulled off an upset of Yale for the second time. They’re not going dancing, but Yale needed a buzzer-beater to take them down. Maybe in a few days, after Yale likely gets demolished in the first round of the tournament, the Brown team can feel good about that.

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