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.
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.
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.
Its win over Boston College (19-10-0, 16-7-0 Hockey East) Tuesday night books the Crimson (8-11-3, 6-8-2 ECAC) a championship duel with the Boston University Terriers, who defeated Northeastern in the first semifinal of the day.
With a dominating performance from both No. 2 men’s fencing and No.7 women’s fencing, the Crimson marked another tally in the win column.
Harvard (10-7, 2-1 Ivy League) started its weekend road split with a heartbreaking defeat at the buzzer at the hands of the Bulldogs (13-6, 3-1 Ivy League). The Crimson saw its five game winning streak come to an end, however Harvard bounced back the following day with a dominant 100-83 victory against Brown.
Only two days into February, the Crimson has undergone a much-needed turnaround, opening the month with a pair of victories over Ivy League and ECAC rivals Yale and Brown, shutting down the Bulldogs and shutting out the Bears.
Once again, the Crimson must settle for the consolation matchup next week after losing to the Eagles, 2-1.
After beating Yale by double digits on Friday night, Harvard took down Brown 68-47.
In front of a sold-out crowd and numerous NBA scouts, Harvard pulled off a wire-to-wire victory over Yale.
After facing two setbacks in a tough slate of conference games last weekend, Harvard traveled to upstate New York to face a pair of ECAC foes in No. 5/5 Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Despite dropping the first game in close fashion, the Crimson rebounded with a tie in the latter to claim a point in the road trip.
Strong ball security, defense and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch from Aiken helped the Crimson move to .500 on the young Ivy League season.
“1,000 has never been on my mind,” said Benzan. “I’ve always just focused on doing whatever the team needs me to do in order to win.”