After 20 minutes of dominant basketball, the Harvard men’s basketball team had out-dribbled, out-shot, and out-played Colorado on the Buffaloes’ own turf. The Crimson shredded a weak perimeter defense to dominate from behind the arc, shooting 50 percent from deep. Harvard forced nine turnovers and finished the half with a convincing 12-point lead after jumping out to a 16-4 lead in the first four minutes. But the fire had been lit.
Cradling the ball in his right hand in the early second half of his team’s contest against Harvard Wednesday night, all Bryant forward Alex Francis could see was open court in front of him.
As the Harvard men’s hockey team skated through warm-ups on the other side of the river to face its Jesuit city rival, hockey legend Bobby Orr was signing his book in Harvard Square.
Five minutes into the third quarter, sophomore running back Paul Stanton capped an effortless, 76-yard drive by punching in his second touchdown of the day. The scoreboard read Harvard 38, Penn 0. It was your classic laugher. But from that point on, nothing went right for the Harvard football team.
There was little suspense in the Harvard men’s basketball team’s 76-44 victory over the Howard Bison (2-2). Harvard (3-0) led 11-2 after less than four minutes of play, and the Bison, who never led, would never get closer than four the rest of the way.
Last year, then-freshmen AnnMarie Healy, Shilpa Tummala, and Kit Metoyer combined for 49 points through the entire 2012-13 campaign. This season, the trio of sophomores on the Harvard women’s basketball team is just a point shy of that mark in just three contests.
The Harvard men’s basketball team’s home opener against MIT on Tuesday night marked Casey’s homecoming after he took a yearlong leave of absence last fall.
None of the individual stats are impressive. No Harvard football player had 60 receiving yards, 80 rushing yards, or 200 passing yards Saturday at Columbia. Junior quarterback Conner Hempel completed less than 60 percent of his passes, went a second straight week without a touchdown pass, and threw his fifth interception of the year. But then you look at the score.
When things weren’t working in the air, the Harvard football team turned to the ground game. And that just may have bought the Crimson a win on Saturday.
Many expected a shootout. But in all likelihood, they could not have predicted the offensive showcase that took place at Harvard Stadium on Saturday.
Two years ago, Harvard football coach Tim Murphy said he believed Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews, then a sophomore, would be at least a third round NFL draft pick. After Saturday’s game, there was no reason for Murphy to change his mind.
The last time a Harvard football game extended past regulation, it beat Yale in triple overtime, eight years ago. Saturday, it took just as many extra periods to down Holy Cross, but the Crimson eventually emerged victorious, 41-35.
The timeless maxim repeatedly sounded by football coaches at any level is that turnovers will always come back to haunt you. The old adage could not have been more appropriate than on Saturday night in the Harvard football team’s conference opener.
One game after recording its first win of the season, the Harvard men’s soccer team (1-4-2) extended its unbeaten run to two games with a 0-0 double-overtime tie against the Boston Terriers (3-3-1).
Whatever junior quarterback Conner Hempel did at halftime Saturday, he should do it again next week. And the week after that.