Two nights, two very different cities, two very different results.
That could be the tagline to describe the Harvard men's basketball weekend trip, when it travelled to Cornell and Columbia to resume its tough Ivy league schedule.
On Friday, the Crimson (11-7, 4-2 Ivy) was in sleepy Ithaca, N.Y., dismantling the weak Big Red squad (5-13, 1-4), 65-57, with the type of stifling defense that has become a Harvard hallmark.
The next night, five hours and a world away, the team was in Manhattan taking on the perennially challenging Columbia Lions (8-11, 3-3). Light Blue forward Craig Austin torched the Crimson for 25 points, but his team also blew a 22-point lead to the Crimson, who pulled within five but ultimately fell 65-55.
By splitting the weekend doubleheader, Harvard drops into third place in the Ivy League behind Penn and Princeton.
Columbia 65, Harvard 55
The Crimson made the trip accross New York on Saturday, but by halftime probably wished it hadn't.