Pictured: Jeremy Lin scored 19 points Saturday night in
Harvard's loss at Cornell.
ITHACA, N.Y. – Turnovers plagued the Harvard men’s basketball team at Newman Arena on Saturday night as Cornell won the battle of first place by a score of 86-50. Cornell used a 16-0 first half run and a 17-0 second half run to secure the win.
Harvard (14-4, 3-1 Ivy) returns to action next weekend with a pair of pivotal games against Princeton (11-5, 2-0 Ivy) and Penn with both games being anticipated sellouts.
Cornell (18-3, 4-0 Ivy), winners of 16 of its last 17 overall and its last 18 Ivy games at home, will return to Newman next weekend against Yale and Brown.
The good news for Harvard is that it did not have to win in Ithaca. The Crimson got its weekend split and will have a home date against the Big Red on Feb. 19.
In the first half, Harvard looked every bit the young team on its first lengthy Ivy road trip. The
Crimson turned the ball over 14 times in the first 20 minutes and Cornell took full advantage in using a 16-0 run for a comfortable 38-24 halftime lead.
Cornell hit on its first six from the floor (three 3’s) in grabbing a 15-8 lead at 15:55 and 19-10 less than seven minutes in. Harvard rattled off seven straight to trail by just two following a second chance triple from Dee Giger but more turnovers led to Cornell’s decisive run.
Harvard got within 10 points twice in the second half with plenty of time remaining but followed its spurts with more turnovers as Cornell kept the Crimson at an arm’s length. The last time Harvard got within 10 was at 46-36 with 12:55 left only to see Cornell scored 17 straight. From that point on, Cornell rode the good feelings as virtually everything that happened went in its favor.
All told, Harvard committed 25 turnovers and Cornell responded with 12 3-pointers.
Jeremy Lin led Harvard with 19 points (6-9 FG, 7-8 FT) while Jeff Foote led Cornell with 16 points and nine rebounds.