Andrew R. Mooney
For senior Kyle Casey and co-captain Brandyn Curry, this Friday’s Senior Night against Cornell might mean a little bit more.
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.
After getting rescued by two football players, Touchdown then “walked back to the hotel alone,” because godless, marauding killing machines never require supervision on their trips back to continental breakfast.
On paper, the only big loss to graduation the Harvard men’s basketball team sustained this year was that of Christian Webster ’13. But paper can’t tell you much about heart or passion. Until now, paper never documented the departure of football player and student section leader Adam Riegel ’13.
The Crimson’s usual sources of scoring were not delivering, and stepping into the void was freshman forward Zena Edosomwan, whose contributions on the night illuminated both how far he had come since the beginning of the season and how much could be in store for his Harvard career.
At this week’s media conference, Saunders’ numbers prompted an interesting comparison to the last Harvard player to record such a stat line: that sacred object of Crimson reverence, Jeremy Lin '10.
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.
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.
In an intense battle of Boston-area foes, Casey was the Crimson’s most efficient player, scoring 19 points on 13 attempts from the field and grabbing 12 rebounds to help his team outlast the Terriers in overtime, 79-68. From a three-pointer at the top of the key to a powerful finish of a late-game alley-oop, the Medway, Mass., native had his full offensive arsenal on display.
The Harvard men’s basketball team is locked in a tight battle with Wisconsin-Green Bay at halftime of its Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout semifinal, with the score tied at 34.
Waiting for Harvard in the final is TCU, which prevailed over Tulsa in the other semifinal, 72-65, after upsetting Indiana State in the first round.
Harvard cruised to victory in the final of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout against TCU on Saturday night, becoming the first Ivy League team to win the event.
Harvard now moves on to play Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday night, marking the first-ever semifinals appearance by an Ivy League team in the tournament's 36-year history.
For the first half of Sunday evening’s nonconference matchup against Colorado (6-1), the Harvard men’s basketball team (4-1) looked every bit the mid-major power pundits had tabbed them to be. After the second 20 minutes, the evidence supporting that claim seemed a little shakier.
The Harvard men’s basketball team smothered Howard on its way to a comfortable 76-44 win Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.