Cornell clinches Ivy Tournament berth with win over Dartmouth

Lady Luck certainly shined upon Cornell men’s basketball tonight.

Following Friday’s overtime loss in a crucial game to Harvard, the Red (12-15, 6-8 Ivy) headed into its season closer against Dartmouth (7-20, 3-11) without control of its own destiny on the final day of conference play.

Yet, fate smiled upon Cornell as all the chips fell into place — the squad downed Dartmouth in an 86-75 decision, while rivals Princeton and Columbia lost their final matches to Yale and Harvard respectively — to clinch its first-ever Ivy postseason tournament berth.

“We’re obviously excited to get into the tournament, and it was such a strange way to get into the tournament with the help of our friends [Yale and Harvard],” said head coach Brian Earl. “We played well today … and I can’t imagine what the guys are feeling right now.”

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