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The Harvard basketball team got itself into early foul trouble and then abandoned all pretences of organization in the face of a concerted Columbia blitz, dropping its next to last home game of the season, 92-74 last night.
Tonight, Harvard finishes its home schedule against Cornell. It will be the last IAB contest for four seniors--Chris Gallagher, now tied with George Harrington as the eighth leading Crimson scorer, Eric Gustavson, Paul Waickowski, and injured captain Bob Kanuth.
Unlike the first time the two teams met, ten days ago in New York, Columbia--a six- point victor that night--came prepared to play. The Lions crashed the boards mercilessly and in two stretches executed the fundamentals so neatly that they embarrassed the Crimson.
Heyward Dotson, the 6'4" leaper who covers the floor like the Staten Island ferry, scored 22 points for the Lions, blocked six shots, stole at least as many Harvard passes and pulled in a game-high 14 rebounds. Clearly disappointed with his play in New York the first time around, Dotson dominated last night's game.
Harvard started well, hitting some early jumpers and rebounding well, but Columbia overcame a 14-10 lead with successive eight- and six-point bursts midway through the half. By halftime, Harvard's best jumper, 6'3" Ernie Hardy had four personal fouls and the Lions were ahead, 49-38. Dotson had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the period.
Gustavson hit a jumper from the corner to start the second half and sophomore Mike Janczewski took Dale Dover's bounce pass for another bucket to cut the lead to seven, but then Columbia ran off 13 straight points to clinch the decision.
Lion captain Roger Walaszek led the assault with seven points and by the time the Crimson had regained enough equilibrium to call time out, it was behind, 62-42. Harvard never got close again.
Gallagher fouled out with ten minutes left and Coach Bob Harrison put the team into a zone which rattled Columbia briefly, but not enough. At one point Dover and Janczewski threw in some free throws and lay-ups to close within 14. Walaszek's three-point play shut off that last burst.
Columbia is now 18-3, but, incredibly, has virtually no chance of retaining its Ivy League title. The Lions have lost two league games and Princeton has lost none. Columbia has one more shot against the Tigers but that's the only one of its remaining games the Tigers could conceivably lose.
Harvard, now 6-15 overall, has as its opponent tonight the Big Red from Ithaca. Cornell smashed the Crimson in an earlier game, 92-72, and beat Dartmouth by three last night.
They have two strong, big men, Bill Schwarzkopf and Walt Esdale, and a third threat in forward Dom Calderone.
Harvard got a productive performance from sophomore Dover. The 6'2" New Yorker had 18 points and 10 rebounds. He made only five of 22 shots, however, and couldn't seem to direct a recognizable offensive attack.
Janczewski had 13 points (six for 15) and 10 rebounds, Gallagher had 14 points, and Gustavson had 11.
Walaszek made eight of 14 shots, all lay-ups and finished with 18 points. All-American Jim McMillian playing his usual steady team game, had 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Bruce Metz added 13, dropping six of seven outside jumpers.
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