This weekend’s home-stand will pit Harvard against two conference foes. First up will be a Friday night showdown against Penn. On Saturday, Harvard will take on arguably its biggest threat in the Ancient Eight, its rival Princeton. The Crimson’s basketball beat writers answer five questions about this weekend’s match ups.
The bend-but-don’t-break strategy finally caught up with the Harvard men’s basketball team. After winning its first five Ivy League contests by an average margin of 5.4 points, the Crimson fell to Columbia by 15 on Sunday, failing to capitalize on an opportunity to go up 1.5 games on Princeton in the conference standings.
Webster nailed three three-pointers in the final 93 seconds of regulation, leading the Crimson back from a late 10-point deficit to force overtime. Webster tacked on an assist, block, and rebound in the extra period, and Harvard pulled out an 82-77 victory.
With 8:43 remaining, the heavily favored Crimson found itself in a five-point hole against the Big Green, picked to finish last in the preseason poll. Harvard closed the contest on a 17-2 run to earn the win.