Freshman Laurent Rivard has hit double digits in his last two games, including a 5-of-9 performance from three-point land in a road loss at Michigan.
While the Harvard men’s basketball team may not be happy with the final result of this afternoon’s 65-62 loss to Michigan, the squad must certainly be pleased with the progress made by freshman Laurent Rivard.
After a 0-for-11 shooting performance in his collegiate debut, Rivard has found his stroke this past week, netting a combined 36 points in the Crimson’s past two contests.
The 6’5” guard followed up on last Wednesday’s career-high 21-point performance by pacing Harvard with 15 points yesterday.
In 33 minutes of action, Rivard shot 5-of-9 from deep, keeping the Crimson within striking distance after it lost its lead midway through the second period.
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CRIMSON VS BIG BLUE
830—Number of miles separating Cambridge and Ann Arbor, MI. The Harvard men’s basketball team will travel to the University of Michigan this Saturday to take on the Wolverines at 1 p.m.. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
109—Wins for Harvard coach Tommy Amaker when he was the head coach at Michigan before joining the Crimson.
Sophomore Laura Gemmell, the defending national champion, got her second collegiate campaign started on the right foot, sweeping all three of her opponents this weekend. The women’s squash team, ranked first nationally, beat Brown, Stanford, and Williams by identical 3-0 counts.
Tomorrow morning, most Harvard students will undoubtedly be sleeping in, basking in end-of-classes bliss before the rigors of finals week begin.
The women of the Crimson squash program, on the other hand, will be braving the cold and snow in Ithaca, N.Y., as they hit the Belkin International Squash Courts to face No. 7 Cornell (1-2, 0-2 Ivy).
Harvard (4-0, 2-0) enters the weekend with a No. 1 CSA ranking and a roster boasting talent one-to-nine: not a single player has dropped a match yet. The squad also carries into the match a 9-0 victory over last year’s Big Red team.
With Reading Period starting, the semester is winding down for most students, but for a few teams, the seasons are just starting to heat up.
The men’s basketball team is on a roll this season. After losing its opening matchup to George Mason, the squad is on a five-game winning streak. On Wednesday, Harvard dominated Fordham, 80-57, at home. The Crimson faces off against Michigan in another road game today at 1 p.m. Harvard and Michigan have met three times before, with the Wolverines holding the slight edge, 2-1, in the series. In the last meeting, Harvard earned its first victory over Michigan, 62-51 at Lavietes in the 2007-08 season.
A box score from Dec. 17, 1978, shows that Boston College beat the Harvard men’s basketball team, 86-83, at the Boston Garden. But the game meant much more than the score for one player.
Glenn Fine ’79 started the day in Baltimore, where he met with the Rhodes Scholarship committee. In the afternoon, he boarded a private plane donated by a Harvard alumnus to fly back to Boston. Upon landing, he received a police escort to the Boston Garden and then played the full 40 minutes as the Crimson took on undefeated Boston College.
Nine of Harvard’s 12 players did not have any varsity experience before the season, but they still managed to take the Eagles down to the wire, thanks in large part to Fine’s play. The co-captain tallied 10 points, seven assists, and four steals in the opening half, and the Crimson went into intermission trailing just 48-45.