The phenomenon known as “Linsanity” thrust the Torrance, Calif., native into the global spotlight in the world’s most famous arena. But anyone who’s met the 30 year old knows that Lin’s future is much brighter than just basketball.
On Friday night, Aiken’s 44-point performance, one of the most incredible efforts seen in Harvard history, helped the Crimson cling to a 98-96 victory over Columbia in 3OT, in one of the greatest games ever played at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard’s squash teams continued to dominate over the weekend, with both teams taking home their respective Men’s and Women’s Ivy League titles. The victories concluded their seasons in perfection.
Harvard outplayed the Terriers to a 5-2 victory, walking away from the 2019 Beanpot with a third-place finish and keeping its at-large NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Like this year’s Harvard team, the 2015 squad was fighting to give its seniors their first Beanpot Championship — and Boston bragging rights.
Beyond the game-changing four-pointer — which was followed by a straight Kirkwood triple that suddenly put the Crimson back in the lead, Aiken drained consecutive stop-and-pop triples to widen the cushion and allow Harvard to pull away.
Once again, the Crimson must settle for the consolation matchup next week after losing to the Eagles, 2-1.
“We’re really looking forward to getting the chance to prove ourselves as a team against some strong, out-of-conference opponents early in the season,” said freshman attackman Austin Madronic.
In sentiment however, there is still a feeling of unease and restlessness — compounded with a bit of unexpected adversity — as Harvard (11-8, 4-2 Ivy) prepares for its long bus ride down to Princeton and Penn.
Reed's 12-save effort would not be enough for the Crimson, however, as BU redshirt junior and tri-captain Sammy Davis lasered a power-play overtime winner past Reed to give the Terriers a 3-2 win.
The Harvard women's hockey team will drudge through the snow on Tuesday night to face off against No. 7/8 Boston University in Bright-Landry Hockey Center for a shot at its first Beanpot title since 2015.
By the end of the weekend, Harvard (10-11-3, 8-8-2) extended its unbeaten streak to six games, including five consecutive wins (5-0-1 since Jan. 26), to head into Tuesday’s Beanpot Championship to face the Boston University Terriers (16-6-7, 13-5-5 WHEA), who are running on a ten-game unbeaten streak of their own.
The Crimson was outscored 22-2 and shot 1-of-17 in a brutal opening stanza in Morningside Heights and then hit five threes in a dominant 25-13 opening period in Ithaca, N.Y.,.
After charging to a 15-point lead heading into the last three minutes of the first frame, Harvard (11-8, 4-2 Ivy) collapsed in the second half — being outscored 46-27.
The star point guard for Harvard Basketball had been sidelined for nearly a full calendar year due to offseason knee surgery. Finally, Bryce Aiken made his return on MLK Day.
After giving up an early goal, the Crimson's co-captains combined for a late-goal effort to dispatch the visiting Big Green.
To encapsulate a game so heart-throbbing, so unimaginable, so exhilarating in a few words? That is simply impossible. You have to have been at Lavietes Pavilion in the flesh on Friday, February 8th to understand truly how incredible a game that was.
The Crimson potted four goals with the extra-man en route to a 5-3 triumph over the Dutchmen at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
As Baker has made a welcome stride in his development, a few things remains constant: a laid-back passion for the game and an ability to provide an instant jolt of energy to the Crimson.