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Rivard Earns Second Ivy Rookie of the Week Honor

Laurent Rivard is averaging 11.8 points per game (Eric Bronson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman guard Laurent Rivard, who ranks second in the country with a 96.7-percent rate at the free-throw line, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday. Rivard helped Harvard to two victories last week, as the Crimson improved to 9-3 overall on the season.

In the Crimson’s 74-69 win over Monmouth Dec. 29, Rivard helped Harvard overcome a seven-point deficit at halftime and a nine-point deficit midway through the second half. He led the Crimson with 18 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and was 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Rivard followed that performance with a 17-point effort in an 84-58 victory over MIT Dec. 31, as he led Harvard in scoring for the second straight game. A native of Saint-Bruno, Que., Rivard made all five free-throw attempts against the Engineers and was 5-of-10 from the floor, while going 2-of-5 from long distance. He also grabbed four rebounds, handed out a career-high four assists, made two steals and blocked one shot.

Rivard, who also took home Ivy Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 6., stands third on the Crimson with 11.8 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring in four consecutive contests.

Harvard visits Boston College Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., as the Crimson is looking for its third straight victory over its cross-town rival.