NCAA Tournament: Arizona dismantles Harvard
Published: March 23, 2013 09:29PM
Updated: March 24, 2013 12:29AM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) and Harvard Crimson center Kenyatta Smith (25) jump for the tip off as the Wildcats face the Crimson in the NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Arizona dribbled the final seconds off the clock and all Harvard could do was watch.

The 5th-seeded Arizona Wildcats dismantled the Crimson on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena, putting an end to Harvard’s NCAA Tournament dreams.

Arizona jumped out to a 17-2 run in the first half as it took Harvard nearly 8 minutes to convert its first field goal. And the Wildcats never looked back, holding on to win 74-51 and advance to the Sweet 16.

Harvard was the sixth-best 3-point shooting team in the country during the regular season. But the Crimson went cold Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Laurent Rivard, whose 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc helped lift Harvard to a win over New Mexico, hit only one triple on the night, finishing with 3 points.

Instead, it was Arizona on the other end of the floor putting on a clinic.

The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first half, and a scorching 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Point guard Mark Lyons led the way for Arizona, scoring a game-high 27 points.

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