With 6:38 left in regulation, a three-pointer from sophomore guard Siyani Chambers extended the Harvard men’s basketball team’s lead to 12. After trading buckets with Columbia for the majority of Friday night’s game, the Crimson seemed to finally create some breathing room with Chambers’ trey.
In basketball, box scores usually don’t tell the whole story. But when one team’s free throw percentage is less than the opposing squad’s three-point percentage, you may be able to draw a few conclusions.
Just as co-captain Laurent Rivard hit consecutive threes, the Harvard men’s basketball team (17-3, 4-0 Ivy) earned consecutive wins. The squad notched its second victory in as many nights, taking care of Penn (4-13, 1-2), 80-50, Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Junior Kenyatta Smith, a center on the Harvard men’s basketball team, re-injured his foot earlier this week, Smith told The Crimson early Friday morning. According to a source close to the team, he will be out for the remainder of the season. Smith played an instrumental role in the team’s run to the third round of the NCAA Tournament last March.
In a contest featuring a pair of teams from the same city, it was a battle of coasts, as Los Angeles native Wesley Saunders went head-to-head with Philadelphia’s Maurice Watson Jr.
Although the Harvard men’s basketball schedule said that Wednesday’s contest was a home game, anyone at Lavietes Pavilion tonight would beg to differ.
Delaney-Smith transformed a program that had once been consistently below .500 into one in which winning was considered the norm. Since her inaugural title just five years into her tenure, Delaney-Smith has added 10 more banners, six NCAA Tournaments, and four WNIT appearances.
For almost eight minutes of the Harvard men’s basketball team’s first half, it seemed as if only one half of the scoreboard was working.
With the arrival of 6’9” freshman Zena Edosomwan and the return of 6’7” senior Kyle Casey, the team now features a front line at least five men deep.
With just over a month and a half until the season begins, the Harvard men’s basketball team needed just about a day and a half to clinch commitments from two recruits this past weekend.
As the first freshman in conference history to be selected to the All-Ivy First Team, the national leader among freshmen in minutes per game played, and the runner-up for rookies in assists per game with 5.6 a game, it is safe to say that point guard Siyani Chambers had a memorable first year on campus.
Coach Tommy Amaker dealt with the absence of former co-captains Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey from his roster, incorporating freshman point guard Siyani Chambers and sophomore center Kenyatta Smith into his starting line.
Freshman point guard Siyani Chambers led the Crimson with over 37 minutes per game as the team's primary ball-handler. Chambers became the first freshman to be named first-team All-Ivy.
With a starting five that featured four three-point threats at almost all times of the game, Harvard’s offense became increasingly reliant on dependable shooting from its undersized lineup.
Princeton senior Ian Hummer sat for only three minutes in Friday night’s contest against Harvard. Two of those minutes were in the first half—if his opening period statistics were adjusted to put him on the floor for those 120 missed seconds, Hummer would have been just about one point short of a double-double before intermission. Instead, the forward went for eight points and eight rebounds in the first period, the latter figure already 2.4 boards better than his season average.