If it wasn’t a rivalry before, it certainly is now.
The Harvard icemen, already owners of a 2017 Beanpot championship and an Ivy League title, may need a new shelf on their trophy case after this regular season.
In front of 2,195 fans donning Crimson and waving Zena Edosomwan fat heads, Harvard defeated Yale, 77-64. The home team was led by freshmen guard Bryce Aiken and Seth Towns, who had 22 and 18 points, respectively.
In what was perhaps its most complete game in conference to date, the Harvard men’s basketball team took a large and early lead against a visiting Cornell squad en route to an 87-75 win over the Big Red Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
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The last time the Crimson won a Beanpot, only one member of the current team, Phil Zielonka, was even alive. And he was less than two weeks old.
It’s starting to sound like a broken record, but once again on Friday night, the Harvard men’s basketball team needed a second half rally to overcome a double-digit deficit in order to put a tally in the win column.
Despite facing off against a Penn team that entered Friday’s contest without a conference win, the Quakers (7-10, 0-4 Ivy League) would force Harvard (12-6, 4-1) to play a full 40 minutes of basketball at Lavietes Pavilion.
Coming off a matchup where the Crimson rallied late to take a win against Cornell, Saturday’s late effort simply wasn’t enough as Harvard struggled to shoot the ball and sent the Lions to the line early and often.
Though the Crimson bent, it would not break. After outscoring the visitors 48-33 in the second half, Harvard walked away with its second Ivy win of the season, 82-68.
Though the team at one point fell behind by nine points in the second half, freshman Bryce Aiken scored eight points with what seemed like a wink of his eye and a twist of his head to put the Crimson back in the game and eventually dash away with a 57-56 win.
The reign of dominance finally came to an end. Yale beat Harvard in football.
It was a day of new faces as the Crimson took on Stanford in Shanghai—new players in Harvard’s top-10 recruiting class, new starters from the newest group of upperclassmen, and new fans as Harvard and the Pac-12 seek to expand the strength and quality of university sports in China.
The Lions’ early touchdown-fueled lead was ominous based on its 2016 track record, and sure enough Columbia continued its trend of losing high-scoring games. After a slow start, Harvard steamrolled its way through the third quarter to secure a 28-21 win.