After the most convincing display of hustle, good shooting and rebound strength shown so far this season, the Harvard five failed to pull a win out of last night's game with Boston College.
Although Harvard held a lead during most of the game, a bad pass in the final minutes of play cost the team its fourth loss of the season, 68-65.
Contrary to prior reports that captain Tony Jenkins would miss last night's game to attend a meeting of Rhodes Scholarship nominees in Chicago, the 6ft. 8 in. senior did play, although he scored only six points.
Harvard was hot from the floor throughout the game, with junior Lou Silver scoring a game-high 25 points. Junior Arnie Needleman followed with 22. The team averaged 47 per cent from the floor and grabbed a total of 28 rebounds.
Although the Boston squad shot for 55 per cent and out-rebounded Harvard by seven, the team play was not nearly as impressive as expected. Bob Carrington put in 20 for B.C. with Mel Weldon and Mitch Buonaguro each hitting for 15.
While both Carrington and Weldon are capable of playing outstanding ball, the B.C. offense was constantly frustrated by a scrambling Harvard defense.
Harvard jumped to a 13-12 lead after seven minutes of play in the first half, the go-ahead basket being laid in by Jenkins. The Crimson held the lead for the rest of the first half and for most of the second. The half-time score was 31-27.
B.C. didn't break the Harvard lead until 5 min. 46 sec. into the second half, with senior Jere Nolan scoring a layup for the Eagles on a fast break. Harvard regained the lead when junior guard Mike Griffin, working on Carrington, scored an easy layup. The Crimson held the lead until the Eagles connected for a go-ahead basket resulting from a steal by Weldon. Carrington proceeded to sink another basket, insuring a B.C. victory.
Although he felt the loss to Boston College to be unfortunate, Crimson coach Tom Sanders was satisfied with his team's play last night.
"There were no problems tonight with our play," Sanders said. "We should have won the game, but lost it on a few mistakes at the end. We played well. This is the type of ball we are capable of playing."
Coach Bob Zuffelato was also impressed with Harvard's play last night.
"They were more than we expected,"he said. "They were disciplined, they moved the ball well--they played the best defense we've had against us so far this year--and they shot well. We didn't look pretty, but we won."
Tomorrow night the Crimson five face their second Ivy League opponent when Brown comes to the IAB for an 8 p.m. game. Coach Gerry Alaimo's Bruin squad carries a 2-2 record into the contest.
Brown took the University of Rhode Island, 76-67, and then dropped games to Davidson, 103-84, and Boston College, 73-71, before beating Yale. On Wednesday night, the Bruins took Yale by seven, 63-56.
Phil Brown is captain and key man for the junior-dominated squad from Providence. The 6 ft. 5 in. forward averages 14.8 points per game and leads his team in rebounds with 11.8 a game. Vaughn Clarke and Jim Busam, also forwards, sport 14.3 and 13.3 averages going into tomorrow night's contest.
At the guards Lloyd Desvigne, a 6 ft. 2 in. junior and fellow classmate Eddie Morris at 5 ft. 10 in. will match up against Mike Griffin and Ken Wolfe. Morris and Desvigne average under 10 points a game and don't figure to hurt the Crimson on the scoreboard.
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