Harvard and Yale have a burgeoning rivalry on the hardwood, fueled by high-stakes games and recent stacked recruiting classes for both teams.
PRINCETON AT HARVARD “I don’t know how you draw it up any worse than that.” Those were Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s words following this game last year. You can hardly blame him—the Crimson lost this one despite being up three with the ball with 34 seconds to go. We won’t delve into the details, but needless to say, mistakes were made.
In a season that’s seen plenty of notable individual performances from players such as Towns, Lewis, and a now injured Bryce Aiken, Saturday’s win for Harvard came from an all-around balanced effort.
Despite a career-high 31 points from sophomore forward Seth Towns, Harvard fell 83-76 against Columbia at Levien Gymnasium on Friday night. After jumping out to a 15-point lead behind a flood of early three-pointers, the Crimson defense gave up a 48-point second half to the Lions.
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Coming off the heels of a last-minute loss to Penn in the final game of the conference season last spring, Harvard had the chance to dance despite an undefeated conference season from Ancient Eight heavyweight Princeton.
The Harvard men's basketball team completed a perfect weekend after topping Brown, 86-77, on Saturday night in Providence. The win was the third straight for the Crimson and its 17th in a row over the Bears.
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The late game heroics would fall just short, however, as Harvard would give Wofford back-to-back offensive rebounds on the hosts' final possession. Sophomore forward Seth Towns fouled Wofford senior guard Derrick Brooks on one end before coming up short with a layup attempt on the other.
Despite a strong defensive effort, poor shooting ultimately doomed the Crimson in Minnesota as it fell to the Gophers, 65-55, on Saturday
Despite a strong first half that kept Harvard toe-to-toe with Kentucky, a string of turnovers, combined with a 17-2 run from the Wildcats midway through the second half proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Crimson at Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Tomorrow afternoon, Harvard men’s basketball will head into the confines of Rupp Arena, home of No. 7 Kentucky, for what will undoubtedly be a battle of the youth.
After holding a Cal State Fullerton squad within two possessions for nearly the entirety of the second half, it was five consecutive trips to the free throw line for the Titans that would ultimately spell a 70-61 loss for the Crimson on Sunday.
Despite a second half resurgence from the Crimson, Harvard couldn’t overcome a half in which it shot 27 percent from the field and nine percent from beyond the arc.
Despite a tenacious effort from a visiting MIT squad, the Harvard men’s basketball team came away with a 73-64 win in its home opener at Lavietes Pavilion on Friday night.