Jeremy Lin and Dee Giger earned top Ivy League honors in its first weekly release.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard players factored heavily in the first Ivy League Weekly Report as senior Jeremy Lin was named the co-Player of the Week and freshman Dee Giger was named the Rookie of the Week in an announcement by the league office late Monday afternoon.
Lin shared the top player honors with Cornell's Ryan Wittman, who scored 23 points in the Big Red's win at Alabama on Saturday.
Lin guided Harvard to a 2-0 start to the season in dramatic fashion. On Sunday, Lin connected with a runner from inside the half court line as time expired while getting fouled to give Harvard an 87-85 triple overtime victory over William & Mary. He finished the game with 19 points (9-11 FT), nine assists and five rebounds. Highlight clips of Lin's heroics have circulated among major news stations and was featured on ESPN's Top Videos segments.
On Friday night at Patriot League favorite Holy Cross, Lin scored 21 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead the Crimson in an 87-77 victory while adding eight more assists.
For the week he averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game while going 19-for-24 from the free throw line.
Giger, an Arden, N.C native, scored 13 points in his collegiate debut on 4-for-6 shooting from deep in the Holy Cross win. In the game, he connected on three big 3-pointers in the second half including two on consecutive touches from opposite corners of the floor during a 10-0 Harvard run. Giger finished the week averaging 9.5 points and shooting 50 percent from long range.
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker won his 200th career coaching victory in the season opener, 87-77, at Holy Cross ... In the opener at HC, Harvard used 11 players in the first six minutes of the game and 10 players scored first half points. Kyle Casey, Andrew Van Nest and Christian Webster made their collegiate debuts at the 17:03 mark of the first half and Brandyn Curry checked in just moments later at the 16:37 mark. Dee Giger and Pat Magnarelli joined the court at the 13:46 mark for a rotation with four freshmen (Curry, Casey, Giger, Webster) and a player who had not played in 1.5 years due to injury (Magnarelli) ... Harvard attempted 30 free throw shots in both games this week, going to the line a combined 65 times and converting 49 (.754).