Princeton’s Going to the Dance

By Richard G. Kent BASN staff reporter
Updated: March 12, 2011

Doug Davis

Doug Davis

New Haven, CONN.–It was no different than any other major college basketball game to determine an NCAA bid. The crowd was large. The noise was deafening and the quality of play outstanding.
Who cares that the names on the jerseys were Princeton and Harvard. After Princeton’s thrilling 62-61 win on a Doug Davis basket at the buzzer it was clear that both belonged in the NCAA Tournament.Most likely though only Princeton will get in and Harvard,despite beating Boston College and Michigan during the season will got to the NIT.
It was a game of numerous lead changes and ourstanding defense. It was also a game covered by the Wall Street Journal and a game in which a Harvard student held a sign up indicating that the Crimson have had 6 Presidents compared to 2 for the Tigers.How often does that happen?
The game,played at Yale was sold out and the crowd was evenly divided between the two schools. Tickets were for sale on the internet for as much as $950.
One curious detail was the the game was refereed by Earl Walton. Who is Earl Walton?One of the refs from the infamous Rutgers-St. John’s game of this past week at the Big East Tournament.Walton also did a Big Ten game the night before. Should Walton,along with Tim Higgins and Jim Burr be doing any more games this season. The sentiment is no. Sure he needs to be judged by his entire body of work,but his work at the Big East game was so egregious that it merits a suspension for all 3 officials for the rest of the season. Its not that they just made a mistake with 1.7 seconds to go. They made more mistakes than one could comprehend in the last 30 seconds of the game.The Ivy League had hired him in advance and stood by its decision.