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Harvard Hosts George Washington Wednesday Night In Important Non-League Meeting

Pictured: Pat Magnarelli had 16 points (7-9 FG) and 8 rebounds in 19 minutes against MIT (Kevin Burns).

The Particulars
The Crimson plays its second home game in three days tonight against George Washington, out of the Atlantic-10 Conference. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. for a game that was originally scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

Follow at Home
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Live Statistics
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.

Series History
The teams met last season for the first time with George Washington holding off the Crimson by a score of 78-63 in Washington, D.C.

Drew Housman '09 led Harvard with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and a 3-of-3 mark from deep while Jeremy Lin added 13 points, four assists and two steals.

GW was led by Damien Hollis' 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting inside. GW, which also shot 19-for-23 from the free throw line, got 11 points and a 6-of-6 mark at the stripe from Tony Taylor.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Jeremy Lin scored 18 points, had four assists, three blocks and three steals in just 26 minutes to help Harvard defeat Massachusetts Institute of Technology 88-61 on Monday.

Lin led four Crimson players in double figures as Pat Magnarelli scored 16 points )19 minutes), Dee Giger 14 and Christian Webster 10. Magnarelli also had eight rebounds.

Harvard scored 43 points off the bench and had 22 second-chance points compared to 8 by the Engineers (11-1).

The Crimson shot 55 percent from the field (33 of 60), and outrebounded MIT 45-31.

The Division III Engineers were off to their best start in program history before falling to the Crimson for the seventh straight time.

The win kept alive Harvard's best home record to start a season in 23 years since going 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion to start the 1986-87 season.

George Washington's Last Time Out
Damian Hollis scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as George Washington held off Holy Cross 70-68 on Monday.

The Colonials have won five of their last six games and are 5-0 on the road this season.

GW jumped out to a 20-4 lead and led 36-22 at halftime in the schools' first meeting since 1996.

The Crusaders used a 10-2 to run to pull within 62-60 with 1:55 remaining. The Colonials pushed the lead to six with 44 seconds to go, but Holy Cross again whittled it down to two with 5 seconds left on Devin Brown's 3-pointer. After Tony Taylor missed two free throws for George Washington with 3 seconds remaining, Mike Cavataio missed a 3-pointer for Holy Cross at the buzzer.

The Crusaders were 9-for-18 from beyond the arc compared to George Washington's 4-for-20.

Damien Hollis scored 19 points in 21 minutes despite foul trouble.

GW is part of a strong Atlantic-10 Conference that currently ranks as the fourth-best conference in the nation behind only the Big East, Big 12 and ACC.

Behind the A-10 is the SEC, Pac-10, Big Ten, Mountain West, Colonial, Missouri Valley and Conference USA as the top 11.

Two of Harvard's losses have come against the top-ranked conference, the Big East.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his third season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 200th career coaching victory Nov. 13 in the 2009-10 season opener at Holy Cross. 

He brings a 207-177 career head coaching record into the game, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.

Amaker came to Harvard after a six year stint as Michigan's head coach. Inheriting a program that was reeling from institutional and NCAA sanctions, he led the Wolverines to the postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title, reaching the championship game of the 2006 NIT, and advancing to the second round of the 2007 tournament. The 2006-07 season was Michigan's second straight 20-win campaign and its third in four years. The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation during the 2005-06 season.

Assisted Living
Four different players have game 5+ assist games this season; Jeremy Lin (high of 9 vs. W&M), Oliver McNally (high of 9 against UNH); Christian Webster (high of 6 against MIT), Brandyn Curry (high of 5 against MIT).

Many Hands Make For Light Work
In its last three home games against Division I teams, wins against Bryant New Hampshire and Rice, Harvard has played at least 10 players for double digit minutes. 

The Crimson had 10 players reach the 10-minute mark against Bryant with no player logging more than 27 minutes; against UNH, 11 players logged big minutes with nobody playing more than 24 minutes; Against Rice, nobody played more than 28 minutes.

Margin of Victory
Harvard's margin of victory at home this season is 18.8 points per game - including a two-point win over William & Mary. In its last four home games, Harvard's average margin has been 23 ppg.

Massachusetts Sweep
Harvard is 4-0 this season against teams form the Bay State, with victories over Boston College, Boston University, Holy Cross and MIT. 

Harvard's women sports a 4-0 mark during in-state games with the above victories and an added one against Northeastern. The women play at Massachusetts on Jan. 6 in their bid for a state sweep.

Lovely Lavietes
Harvard's men and women are a combined 10-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season with each team holding a 5-0 mark.

Hot Shots
Harvard's two-point shooting percentage of 56 percent is seventh-best nationally and its 77.5 percent mark from the charity stripe is sixth-best nationally. Its true shooting percentage, derived from FG, 3-PT FG and FT percentage, stands at 59 percent and is 14th best nationally.

Block Party
Harvard had 11 blocked shots against MIT on Monday. The Crimson is averaging 5.6 per game which is 28th nationally.

Bench Disparity
Harvard has scored more bench points than its opponents in every game this season with five 30+ efforts including two 40-point efforts.

The Crimson scored 43 points by reserve players against Bryant and MIT and had three-straight 30+ efforts to start the season (36 vs. Holy Cross; 32 vs. William & Mary).

Harvard's bench outscored Boston University 27-2 in a win on Nov. 29. The Crimson outscored UConn, 27-14, on Dec. 6, Boston College, 18-8, on Dec. 9 and Georgetown, 23-3 on Dec. 23.

In The Paint
Harvard has scored more points in the paint than its opponents in 10 of 11 games this season (Georgetown). 

The Crimson scored a season-high 54 points in the paint against MIT (12/28). It's previous high was 46 against Rice and 40 versus both Boston College and Bryant.

Gimme a Second Chance
Harvard scored a season-high 22 second chance points against MIT on Dec. 28. Its previous high was 14 against UConn and BU.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.