Tommy Amaker is the Crimson’s Bill Belichick. Not just that they both hold the same title as the “Head Coach,” but that Amaker has the coaching style and a leadership ability that transcends individual players on his teams.
Mario Haskett, a 6’3’’ guard from Chesterfield, VA, announced via Twitter on Thursday that he would join coach Tommy Amaker’s squad, writing “I’m proud to announce my intentions to commit to Harvard University. #WeSoCrimson.”
After being one of the most sought after recruits in history for the Crimson, Edosomwan put up less than impressive numbers his first two years with the team, though he turned his game around this season and averaged 13.1 points a game.
Under the leadership of its three seniors, the Harvard men’s basketball team capped off the 2015-2016 season with a commanding win over Penn (11-16, 5-8 Ivy League), 74-56. With the win, the Crimson (14-16, 6-8) ends the regular season on a three-game win streak and claims sole ownership of fourth place in the Ancient Eight.
While Harvard is long out of contention for the Ancient Eight title, it has a chance to make the path to the Big Dance a bit more difficult for the Bulldogs, who currently sit in first place in the Ivy standings, a half-game above Princeton.
After falling behind by 21 points with nine minutes remaining in the contest, the Crimson (11-15, 3-7 Ivy League) chipped away at the Big Red (9-15, 2-8) lead, and a baseline jumper by freshman guard Tommy McCarthy sealed the Harvard victory, 76-74.
While the Crimson hung on in the beginning of the second half, a dramatic half court prayer by senior Maodo Lo changed the momentum for the Lions (18-8, 7-2 Ivy League), leading to an eventual 90-76 win over the Crimson (10-15, 2-7).
In front of the liveliest crowd of the year, the Harvard men’s basketball team failed to escape Yale for its third consecutive loss at Lavietes Pavilion. Though the teams were nearly even in the second half, a 9-0 run by the Bulldogs (17-5, 8-0 Ivy League) midway through the first half created enough separation to seal the eventual 67-55 win over the Crimson (10-14, 2-6).
After dropping five straight, the Harvard men’s basketball team finally escaped with a victory in front of a home crowd on Friday night. Although Brown (7-14, 2-5 Ivy League) pulled within three with under a minute to go, the Crimson (10-13, 2-5) held on for the victory, 79-73.
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes, the Crimson (9-13, 1-5 Ivy League) couldn’t maintain its level of play, falling to Penn (8-11, 2-3), 67-57. The game was Harvard’s fifth consecutive Ivy loss, and the fourth time the team has fallen by a double-digit margin since beginning conference play.
The Crimson will look to bounce back after dropping back-to-back home contests against Ivy opponents for the first time since 2009.
Despite coming back from a 15-point deficit at halftime and a 24-point effort by junior forward Zena Edosomwan, the Harvard men’s basketball team dropped its second consecutive conference matchup to Cornell Friday night, 77-65.
Despite building an 11-point lead and shutting out Dartmouth (7-9, 1-1 Ivy League) through the first seven minutes of the second half, the Crimson (9-9, 1-1) went cold during a 34-10 Big Green run in the game’s final 11:40 and fell, 63-50, on Saturday night in Hanover.
Behind 18 points from junior guard Corbin Miller, the Harvard men’s basketball team took down Ryerson (4-2), 73-57, to close out a five-game homestand.
As the buzzer sounded and the backboard glowed red, freshman Corey Johnson’s shot clanked off the rim to send the Crimson (6-8) to a 65-62 defeat to Vermont (8-7), its first loss of 2016.