PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ian Hummer registered his first double-double of the season to help Princeton defeat Harvard 58-53 Friday night, tightening up the Ivy League title race.
Hummer scored 23 points with a season-high 14 rebounds as the Tigers (15-9, 8-2) avenged a 69-57 loss to the Crimson on Feb. 16.
Harvard (17-8, 9-2), which came in having won four straight and eight of its last nine games, has three regular-season contests left and Princeton has four. If both win out, that would set up their second playoff in three seasons for the league's NCAA tournament berth.
The Tigers led 46-36 with 9:58 remaining, but the Crimson forged ahead 51-48 with 2:44 showing on a three-point play by Steve Moundou-Missi, who finished with 15 points.
Princeton had a 37-24 rebounding advantage, including 13-2 on the offensive glass.
Harvard, which plays at Penn on Saturday, is seeking its third straight conference crown and third in program history. A No. 12 seed in last year's NCAA tournament, the Crimson lost to No. 5 Vanderbilt 79-70 in the first round.
Princeton hosts Dartmouth on Saturday. The Tigers won their 24th straight home game against Harvard. The last time the Crimson beat Princeton in Jadwin Gym was Feb. 3, 1989.
Wesley Saunders, who came in averaging 16.7 points per game for Harvard, added 11 points to extend his streak of scoring in double figures to 25 games.
The Tigers jumped out to a 12-4 lead and took a 30-24 advantage into halftime.
Harvard outshot Princeton in the second half 52.6 percent (10 of 19) to 30.8 percent (8 of 26), but Saunders missed a layup with 54 seconds to go. Although Moundou-Missi rebounded, he missed his own layup attempt.
With the Tigers still holding a 54-53 lead with 17 seconds to go, Koon missed a jumper and Harvard rebounded, but turned the ball over.
Princeton's Mack Darrow missed a free throw and it remained a one-point game with 7 seconds to go. After Koon's two free throws with 2 seconds showing, Bray stole the ball from Jonah Travis and made his two foul shots with 1 second left to clinch it.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.