The Crimson came into the season’s inaugural matchup with history on its side. Not only had Harvard never lost to the Rams, but also the Crimson had won the past two matchups by at least 30 points.
Ryan Donato earned his 21st goal of the season in Harvard's 3-2 tournament win over Air Force on Saturday. And so did Tyler Moy, whose second-period score penetrated the nation's top penalty-killing unit.
Since Harvard’s NCAA Championship season in 1989, the Crimson had won just a single tournament game. But Donato, the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament during the ’89 run, captured an elusive Division I playoff win in his fifth attempt behind the Harvard bench Friday.
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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Friday night’s Ivy League title-clinching victory marks the first back-to-back championships for Harvard since 1993-1994.
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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.