The Crimson scored just 21 points in the first half Friday and never led in the second half of a 57-49 defeat to the Big Red. The loss drops Harvard (19-6, 9-2 Ivy) back into a tie with Yale for first in the Ivy League.
As the Harvard men’s basketball team proved Saturday night, the road to an Ivy League championship still goes through Cambridge. The Crimson regained the top spot in the Ancient Eight with a 52-50 win over Yale at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Let’s take a look at the second night of Harvard men’s basketball. Literally, I’m talking about Saturday night’s 63-38 victory over Penn to sweep a back-to-back road trip against the Quakers and Princeton.
In games against Houston and Massachusetts last week, Saunders continued separating himself from hundreds of Harvard players that have come before him, scoring a combined 51 points in two wins to claim this week’s Athlete of the Week honor.
On many teams across the league, players work with the system to get the most out of their four years of eligibility. Some might do it to improve their professional prospects, but most are simply looking to be more competitive, help their team, and play the game they love for a little bit longer.
Is it possible that Murphy has maintained the proper conditions the Ancient Eight alluded to 69 years ago and has created a different “environment of athletics” that fosters morality rather than restrains it?