Freshman guard Tommy McCarthy, shown in previous action against Columbia, led Harvard in scoring Friday night with 16 points.
Playing without star forward Zena Edosomwan, the Harvard men’s basketball team dropped to 1-4 in Ivy League play with an 83-62 loss to Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium.
A 13-0 Princeton run took just under two minutes and sealed an 83-62 victory that appeared to put the final nail in the coffin for Harvard’s Ivy League hopes. The Tigers (13-5, 3-1 Ivy League) sent Harvard (9-12, 1-4) to its fourth straight Ivy League loss for the first time in nine years.
Zena Edosomwan calls for the ball midway through last weekend’s matchup against Columbia. The Crimson dropped the game, 55-54, after conceding a double-digit lead and missing free throws down the stretch.
Junior guard Corbin Miller drives to the hole during last week’s matchup against Columbia. The result was a 55-54 defeat.
The Crimson will look to bounce back after dropping back-to-back home contests against Ivy opponents for the first time since 2009.
Harvard may be coming off two straight losses, but a new class of Ivy League heavyweights is emerging.
Sophomore forward Chris Egi, shown here against Columbia, started for Harvard in place of the injured Zena Edosomwan. Egi had four points and three rebounds in the loss.
Evan Cummins logged a team-high 11 points, including a go-ahead basket with 1:18 remaining, but it would not be enough Saturday night against Columbia.
A crowd of students cheers on the Harvard men’s basketball team at their Saturday home game against the Columbia Lions. While ahead at the end of the first half, Harvard then fell behind, losing by one point.
Junior forward Zena Edosomwan, pictured here against Dartmouth, leads Harvard into its Ivy League clash with Columbia.
Junior guard Corbin Miller missed the front end of a crucial one-and-one opportunity with just over seven seconds to go against Columbia, giving the Lions a chance for a buzzer-beating game winner.
After leading by 16 at the break, the Crimson scored just 21 points after intermission and missed the front end of two one-and-ones with under a minute left that would have sealed the win against the Columbia Lions (15-6, 4-0). Columbia, who memorably lost to Harvard on a Siyani Chambers ’16-’17 buzzer beater last year when they visited Lavietes Pavilion, got revenge a year later when Alex Rosenberg drained a jumper as time expired, leading Columbia to a 55-54 win.
After wasting a 20-point lead at home Saturday night, the five-time defending champions are now three games back of undefeated Yale and Columbia.