The Crimson do not come back to Boston with three wins, but in some ways have achieved a consolatory alternative.
Still-undefeated Maryland (7-0) took its first lead within three minutes of the second frame, and although the Aiken-led Crimson continued to fight tooth-and-nail, it could not withstand a 10-point spurt from Terps lead scorer Anthony Cowan that pulled the game away for Maryland.
The Crimson now books itself a heavyweight bout with No. 5 Maryland tomorrow, a contest that will surely be a litmus test for a Harvard team with deep tournament aspirations.
But despite the first appearance of the season for senior guard Bryce Aiken, Harvard was swept away by a second half barrage from beyond the arc by the Buffalo Bulls.
But for Djuricic and Sakota, their relationship runs far deeper than merely sharing nearby Toronto as home.
Although it wasn’t pretty, the close finish was certainly a crucial learning experience for a team loaded with young talent.