AMHERST MASS., Jan 12.--The Harvard basketball team defeated Amherst here this evening by the decisive score of 50 to 25. This is the fifth consecutive victory of Captain Gordon's team this season. The Crimson team, starting off with the fine form it has shown in spurts throughout the season, kept a strong upper hand over its opponents till the finish. The inconsistency of the Amherst shooting and passing was the team's greatest weakness. The defence, however, especially the work of Stewart and Lamberton, veterans of two contests with Coach Wachter's teams, was strong, making the Harvard players attempt long shots, with which they were unusually successful. Walker was the main scoring power of the Purple players, making several rallies that attempted to threaten the Crimson.
Gordon Leading Scorer
Captain Gordon was the visitors' heavy scorer, shooting seven baskets from the floor and eight goals on free tries. Lowenthal and Gordon presented a fast offensive that at times threatened to sweep the Amherst team off its feet. Samborski, taking McLeish's place as guard, scored four baskets and helped hold the Purple to a small score. The score at the end of the first half stood Harvard 35, Amherst 8.
The Purple staged a rally in the sec- ond half as Stewart made two straight scores from play, but shortly afterward Gordon repeated the performance and the Crimson swung well into the lead.