As the clock ticked towards the final minute of play on Saturday afternoon, there was a feeling of déjà vu in Lavietes Pavilion.
Two years ago, these two teams matched up against one another in the same venue on the same Saturday before Harvard’s winter semester began. And then too, Harvard faced an unexpected deficit in the waning moments of the contest: it was down 10 with less than two minutes to play. But thanks to three clutch threes from then-co-captain Christian Webster and two layups from Chambers, Harvard was able to climb back into the game, force overtime, and ultimately earn the win.
“We were able to steal [that one],” Amaker recalled.
So, late in Saturday’s contest, when the Crimson found itself down 10 to Dartmouth once more and Chambers took the ball coast-to-coast, slicing with ease into the heart of the Big Green defense to score the layup, it seemed as if—maybe, just maybe—history would repeat itself, and Harvard would once again claw its way to the top of the scoreboard.
But Webster wasn’t on the court this time. He was on the bench, as an assistant coach, and Harvard managed to put in only two of the four three-pointers it attempted in the final minutes of play.
So just as Harvard’s 11-game winning streak against Dartmouth came to an end on Saturday afternoon, so, too, did the feeling of déjà vu.
—Staff writer Juliet Spies-Gans can be reached at email@example.com.