M. Cagers Win On Road With Help From Charity Stripe

Basketball Notebook

After jumping out to a 4-0 lvy start with its three straight road ins, the squash's best start in 10 years, the Harvard men's basketball team leads the chase for the league championship.

For now.

The Crimson has company on the road to an NCAA tournament berth, as Princeton surprised no one in bolting to a 2-0 start last weekend.

To kick off its bid for a third consecutive league championship, the Tigers downed Yale and Brown at home. The Princeton defense held the Elis to just points Friday night, before letting up and surrendering 42 points to Brown Saturday.

While Brown's weekend was not a total washout (the Bruins buried Pennsylvania Friday), Yale was unable to salvage the weekend, losing to the Quakers Saturday, 59-57.


Over the Hills and Through the Ice: Harvard Coach Peter Roby made a lot of good decisions last weekend, none better than choosing to take his team to Ithaca, N.Y., the day before Friday's game--the day before a major snowstorm.

The team was not so lucky departing ithaca, however, driving seven hours through an ice storm to New York City for Saturday's contest against Columbia.

New Hampshire, Home to More Than New England's Only Nuclear Reactor: While the Crimson is undoubtedly looking forward to hosting New Hampshire on January 29th, no one is probably happier about the 1-12 Wildcats visit to Cambridge than the Wildcats.

New Hampshire is the not-so-proud owner of a 30-game home losing streak.

How bad have things gotten for the Wildcats tat home in Durham? They lost to lowly Dartmouth there two weeks ago. Enough said.

That's Why They Call Them Free Throws, Gertrude: Both of last weekend's Harvard victories depended on the Crimson's ability to hit its free throws down the stretch.

The free throw shooting problems that have plagued the Crimson in recent years have not haunted the team this year. In the final three minutes against Cornell, Harvard knocked down 14 of 16 foul shots.

During that stretch, Tyler Rullman converted all six of his free throw attempts.

On the other hand, Tarik Campbell was noticeably absent from the lineup at the game's end. The sophomore guard has been horrendous from the free throw line, connecting on only 37 percent (20-for-53) of his foul shot attempts.

Removing Campbell's woes from the line, the rest of the team is shooting .750 from the charity stripe.