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The Crimson clinched its third straight berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 70-58 win over Yale on Friday night at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
The Crimson (24-4, 11-1 Ivy) became the first team since Penn in the mid-90’s to clinch at least a share of four straight league titles.
Though Senior Night at Lavietes Pavilion was delayed by a year for Kyle Casey and co-captain Brandyn Curry, taking the court was no less emotional.
It would be hard to find a more intense matchup, as the league-leading Crimson battled a Princeton team that, though it was out of the conference race, still clung tightly to its pride and to its 24-game home winning streak over its Cambridge rival. And as the final seconds ticked down at Jadwin Gymnasium Saturday night, the faces of the Harvard players wore an expression not seen in this building in a couple decades: big, wide grins.
For the second time in four weeks, the Harvard men’s basketball team (21-4, 8-1 Ivy) rolled over the Penn Quakers (6-16, 3-5), this time by a 20-point margin at the Palestra, 83-63. After a three-point loss to Penn in the teams’ last meeting of 2013, the Crimson has outscored its Pennsylvania rivals by 50 points in the team’s two meetings this season.
A week after losing its first Ivy League contest to Yale, the Harvard men's basketball team rebounded with its second consecutive victory.
With the score tied at 73 and less than 20 seconds left in overtime, Columbia forward Alex Rosenberg gathered a pass at the top of the key. Staring down his defender, Harvard co-captain Laurent Rivard, Rosenberg watched the clock tick away, bleeding it out for the final possession.
Despite forcing 19 turnovers, the Harvard men’s basketball team (18-4, 5-1 Ivy) could not get stops when it needed to in a 74-67 loss to Yale (11-9, 5-1). After the Crimson came within four with seven minutes to go, the Bulldogs scored on four of five possessions to go up by 11.
For a small-ball team that usually makes its big plays on the outside, Friday night’s matchup against Brown was fought and won on the inside.
Two straight years of missing the Beanpot finals turned to three on Tuesday at the Conte Forum as the No. 3/5 Crimson (17-3-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) fell to Northeastern (14-12-2, 8-6-2 Hockey East). Despite a late rally by Harvard’s offense, a third period comeback effort fell short, and the Huskies took the matchup, 4-3.
There was little drama in the Harvard men’s basketball team’s 80-50 victory over the Penn Quakers on Saturday night.
The conference’s two best teams delivered a game worthy of its billing that saw the Crimson solidify its spot at the top of the league standings.
A game after the worst shooting performance of Crimson coach Tommy Amaker’s tenure, the squad issued an authoritative response with an 80-50 victory over Dartmouth on the road.
A game after the worst shooting performance of Crimson coach Tommy Amaker’s tenure, Harvard issued an authoritative response with an 80-50 victory over Dartmouth (7-9, 0-2) on the road—the team’s largest road victory of the season.
In its final non-conference game of the season, the Harvard men’s basketball team (14-3, 1-0 Ivy) was undone by a shooting effort as cold as the weather it left behind in Cambridge, falling in an upset at Florida Atlantic (7-12, 2-2 C-USA), 68-53, on Tuesday.