Men's Basketball Carries Four-Game Win Streak into Midweek Clash with Fordham
Freshman Laurent Rivard is averaging 7.2 points per game during his rookie season (Gil Talbot).Co
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Harvard, which boasts a 2-0 record at home and has won its last four games overall, plays host to Fordham in a midweek non-conference matchup at Lavietes Pavilion Wednesday evening.
The Crimson and Rams have played nine times in a series that dates back to the 1962-63 campaign. Fordham owns a 7-2 series lead against Harvard and has won the last three games between the schools since 1978-79. The Crimson boasts a 1-1 mark against Fordham at home.
Last Time Out
Harvard defeated a team from a BCS opponent for the fourth straight season, as the Crimson knocked off Colorado by a score of 82-66 Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Christian Webster led Harvard with 20 points, while Keith Wright (19 points, nine rebounds) and Oliver McNally (17 points, five assists) also shot the ball well against the Buffaloes.
The Crimson handed out 22 assists on 25 field goals and shot 51 percent from the field as a team (25-of-49). With the win, Harvard earned its first victory over a team from the Big XII conference.
Fordham’s Last Time Out
The Rams made six free-throws in the final minute of action to down Hartford, 61-57, Saturday evening. Fordham, who has yet to play a road game this season, was led offensively by the trio of Alberto Estwick (16 points, five rebounds), Branden Frazier (15 points, five rebounds) and Chris Gaston (14 points, six rebounds). Marvin Dominique came down with a game-high 11 rebounds, as the Rams outrebounded Hartford, 38-25. The Rams hit all 10 of its chances from the charity stripe in the second half, finishing 11-of-13 for the game (.846).
Harvard owns a 16-36 record against teams that are current members of the Atlantic 10 conference.
Great Spot On The Calendar
The Crimson concluded November with a 4-1 record during the month. Harvard dropped its season opener at George Mason, but then rattled off four straight victories against Holy Cross, Mercer, Bryant and Colorado.
Keith Wright has made 33-of-45 shots from the floor this season for a shooting percentage of .733. Wright, who is a 55 percent shooter for his career, entered the week ranked sixth in the nation in shooting percentage. Wright was 8-of-11 in his 19-point performance against Colorado.
Winning By Effort
The Crimson has scored 56 points on second-chance opportunities this season, including 19 in the win over Colorado.
Harvard set a modern day record for consecutive home wins with 10 spanning from the 2008-09 season to 2009-10, including a program record nine straight wins against Division I teams. The Crimson is currently riding a five-game winning streak at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard has also collected 10 consecutive victories against non-conference opponents at Lavietes dating back to the 2008-09 season.
Keith Wright garnered his second Ivy League Player of the Week honor Monday after helping the Crimson to a 2-0 record last week. Wright netted a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season in Harvard’s 69-66 win at Bryant Nov. 24. He then posted the best all-around performance of his career in the 82-66 victory over Colorado, as he tallied 19 points, collected nine rebounds, handed out six assists and blocked three shots. Wright also earned Ivy Player of the Week honors Nov. 15, while Christian Webster was tabbed Co-Player of the Week Nov. 22.
Complete Team Effort
Three Crimson players scored 17 or more points in Harvard’s 82-66 victory over Colorado Nov. 28. Christian Webster amassed 20 points, while Keith Wright added 19 and Oliver McNally chipped in with 17, going 4-of-5 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
The Crimson has earned victories over teams from the Patriot League, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference and Big XII this season. Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences during the 2009-10 season.
Feeling It Around From Long Range
At least one Harvard player has made at least two three pointers in all three games this season. In the win over Colorado, Oliver McNally and Christian Webster each drained three treys, while Laurent Rivard hit two three pointers. The Crimson has hit 37 shots from long range on the season.
Harvard has won 39 of its last 62 games (.629) dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season and 25 of its last 34 contests (.734) since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign. With the hot streak, the Crimson has improved to 47-45 (.511) under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Back In Play
Sophomore Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, saw action for the first time this season in the Crimson’s victory at Bryant Nov. 24. Casey, who missed the first three games because of a foot injury, scored five points in only 14 minutes of action against the Bulldogs. Casey, who was named to every preseason All-Ivy League team, blocked two shots in 13 minutes in the Crimson’s 82-66 victory over Colorado Nov. 28.
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson will play four teams from BCS conferences this season: Colorado (Big XII), Michigan (Big Ten), Connecticut (Big East) and Boston College (ACC). Harvard. which went 1-2 against BCS teams last year, boasts a 1-0 mark against BCS schools this season after downing Colorado Nov. 28. The Crimson owns a 4-5 record against BCS conference schools under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 65-15 when leading at halftime and 18-68 when trailing a game at the break. The Crimson stands 3-0 when leading at the half this year and came back from a one-point deficit at halftime against Bryant Nov. 24.
Keith Wright........ Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 15)
Christian Webster.............. Ivy Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 22)
Keith Wright........ Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 29)
Keith Wright’s 22-point, 16-rebound performance at George Mason Nov. 13, was Harvard’s first double-double of the season. Brandyn Curry followed with the first double-double of his career against Holy Cross Nov. 17, handing out 12 assists and scoring10 points. Wright added another double-double at Bryant Nov. 24, scoring a career-best 24 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke ’87) begins his fourth 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. Amaker guided Harvard to its first postseason appearance since 1946, as the Crimson competed in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season.
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.
Oliver McNally hit the 400-point mark at Bryant Nov. 24, and needs 82 more points to reach the 500 plateau.
Keith Wright surpassed the 200 field-goal mark for his career against Colorado (207) and is just nine points away from scoring 500. Wright also has 286 rebounds, just 14 away from grabbing 300.
Kyle Casey needs eight field goals for 100 in his career.
Brandyn Curry surpassed the 250-point mark and 100-rebound mark at Bryant Nov. 24 and needs just 23 assists for 150.
Christian Webster has grabbed 94 rebounds in his career, just six shy of 100 and hit six field goals against Colorado to move past the 100-plateau, giving him 103 made baskets in his career.
Keeping Everyone Involved
Harvard handed out 22 assists on 25 field goals in the Crimson’s 82-66 win over Colorado Nov. 28. Brandyn Curry had eight assists, while Keith Wright dished out six helpers and McNally added five dishes.