Yale men’s basketball outlasts Princeton to win Ivy League championship, clinch NCAA tournament bid

BOSTON — As each member of the Yale men’s basketball team snipped a part of the Ivy League championship, Azar Swain made his way towards the stands with a small piece.

Two rows behind the scorers table — with the piece of net clutched in one hand and a small strand of red confetti in the other — the senior guard and Ivy Madness MVP shared a long embrace with his father, LaWan, and gave his father his piece of the net.

“Don’t lose it now,” Azar Swain said, belied by a massive grin.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (19-11, 11-3 Ivy League) bested top-seeded Princeton (24-5, 12-2) in dramatic fashion, 66-64 Sunday at Lavietes Pavilion for the conference title and an automatic bid to the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Swain led the way with a game-high 23 points including 15 in the second half. Yale found out hours later that it will be the 14th seed in the East Region and face No. 3 Purdue on Friday in Milwaukee.