Harvard's basketball forces were tumbled into the collar of the E.I.L. Saturday night in New Haven by Coach Ken Loeffler's Blue charges in a well played 42 to 29 contest. Wes Fesler's Crimson hoopmen played good basketball, but the Elis simply carried too many guns for them in the season's finale.
Doug McKellar and Al Stevens collected 16 and 15 points respectively, chiefly of the long shot variety, to turn a tight defensive battle into a Yale victory. Despite this effective long-range sniping by the two Elis, the contest was not decided until the final ten minutes when Yale staged a determined spurt to put the game on ice.
McKellar and Stevens
The first half was the period in which McKellar chose to get hot, and it was largely due to his efforts that the Blue enjoyed an 18 to 16 lead at half-time. Al Stevens took over where he left off after the intermission, and the Harvard offensive efforts, confined mostly to Lutz, Legg, and Lupien, failed to keep pace with him in the final moments of the game.
Saturday night was the final appearance for Captain Lupe Lupien, Dick Sullivan, Tread Ruml, and Fred Heckel. Lupien had a tough time with McKellar of Yale, but he did not allow the sharp-shooting Eli to work his way in for many short shots. All of his baskets came from well out in the floor. Sullivan, Ruml, and Heckel have all had important roles on the squad this year, and they all saw service against the Loefflermen.
Of the other men who participated in the contest, Lee Bird, Chet Legg, Charley Lutz, and Sam White are Juniors, while Homer Peabody is a Sophomore. Yale has selected Tom Erickson and Al Stevens to be co-captains of their 1939-40 cage squad, and the next Harvard leader will probably be chosen at the squad picture Wednesday.