Crimson Men's Basketball Returns to the Court, Hosts Holy Cross Saturday
Laurent Rivard and the Crimson have won four of five home games this season (Greg Carroccio).
The Harvard men's basketball returns from an 11-day break to host Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard video and audio will be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs and Brecka Fetzer will be behind the mic.
Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Holy Cross
The Crimson and Crusaders have met 64 times with Holy Cross owning a 40-24 advantage in the series, which began in 1900-01. Harvard has taken the last four games between the schools, including a 73-64 win in Worcester, Mass., Nov. 15 of last year.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Siyani Chambers tied his career-high with 21 points, sinking seven baskets, including three 3-pointers, while Christian Webster also knocked down three treys and finished with 13 points, as the Crimson defeated Boston University, 65-64, Dec. 11. Wesley Saunders, who has reached double figures in scoring in all nine games this year, tallied 16 points against the Terriers. Harvard shot 0-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half,but went 7-of-9 (.778) from long distance in the second half to overcome a seven-point deficit, 32-25, at the break. The Crimson improved to 4-1 at home this season with the win over BU.
Holy Cross's Last Time Out
Dave Dudzinski scored a career-high 31 points, while Justin Burrell added 15 points, helping the Crusaders knock off San Francisco, 73-63, Dec. 18. Holy Cross grabbed 41 rebounds and held USF to 0-of-11 shooting in the second half from beyond the arc.
Harvard/Amaker Against Holy Cross
The Crimson is 4-1 against Holy Cross under head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard has taken the last four games against the Crusaders since 2008.
Harvard Against The Patriot League
Harvard is 60-104 all-time against current members of the Patriot League. Holy Cross is the only Patriot League opponent the Crimson is slated to play this season.
With four seconds remaining, Siyani Chambers nailed the game-winning bucket, lifting Harvard to a 65-64 win over Boston University at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 11.
Since missing a foul shot early in the game at Massachusetts Nov. 13, Siyani Chambers has made 32 in a row at the charity stripe over the course of seven contests. He is shooting 94.4 percent from the line (34-of-36) for the season, which is tied for 14th in the nation.
As a freshman in 2009-10, Laurent Rivard drained 30 consecutive foul shots between Nov. 28, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011, a span of 11 games.
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10)
Kings of Massachusetts's Courts
From Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012, the Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which began after falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71 in 2008. UMass snapped the streak by downing Harvard, 67-64, Nov. 13 of this year. The Crimson is 3-1 against Massachusetts teams this season with wins over MIT, BC and BU and is 18-1 over its last 19 games against teams from the Commonwealth.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range (56-of-137), which leads the Ivy League and ranks eighth in the nation.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in five statistical categories. Saunders is second in scoring (15.9 ppg), fifth in minutes (34.3 per game), fifth in steals (1.8 spg), sixth in assists (3.6 apg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.505).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.1 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 27 times this season for a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for sixth in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27. Chambers paces the Ivy League in foul shooting (34-of-36, .944), which also places him tied for ninth nationally. The freshman point guard is fourth in the Ancient Eight in 3-point shooting (.485, 14-of-31).
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 11.5 points per game and has reached double figures in five of the last seven contests.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Siyani Chambers is averaging 37.0 minutes per game during his rookie season, which is third in the conference and tied for 21st most in the nation.
Drawing Contact From Beyond The Arc
In the second half at Boston College Dec. 4, Laurent Rivard was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and drained all three ensuing foul shots.
During his career, Rivard has been fouled 17 times while taking a 3-pointer. He has hit five of them for an and-one and has shot three free throws on 12 occasions. Against George Washington on Jan. 14, 2012, Rivard drew contact three times while attempting a shot from beyond the arc.
Led by Laurent Rivard (4-9), the Crimson drained 56.3 percent (9-16) of its 3-point attempts against Vermont Nov. 27.
Rivard has taken 53 of Harvard's 137 3-point attempts this season, or 38.7 percent. Rivard is making 41.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (22-53), while the Crimson is shooting 40.9 percent as a team (56-137). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 48.4 percent clip from long distance (15-31).
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 13 straight games. As a freshman, Rivard connected on at least one 3-pointer in 15 straight games from Nov. 17, 2010 until Jan. 8, 2011.
The Crimson program record for consecutive games with a 3-point field goal is 29, held by Jim Goffredo '07.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 32-2 (.941) at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010.
Harvard enjoyed a 28-game home win streak, a program record, between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012. The streak was the second longest in the country during that stretch, and Harvard finished 11-1 at home last season after going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion the year before. The Crimson is 4-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming to Vermont Nov. 27.
Harvard Against the BCS
Harvard owns a 9-11 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated Boston College five times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last six seasons.
The Crimson will face one more BCS team this season: California. Harvard beat Boston College for the fifth straight year, 79-63, Dec. 4, but fell on the road at Connecticut, 57-49, Dec. 7.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first nine games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and paces the Crimson with 15.9 points per game, good for second in the Ivy League.
Harvard Sweeps Weekly Awards Dec. 3
Wesley Saunders was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Week, and Siyani Chambers was named Ivy Rookie of the Week Dec. 3, as Harvard swept the conference awards for the week.
Saunders followed by winning the Ivy Player of the Week award again Dec. 10, while Saunders was also named the Ivy's top rookie Dec. 17.
'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 62.4 points per game at home this season, compared to 65.5 points per contest in road games.
Wesley Saunders hit 13-of-18 foul shots against Fordham Dec. 1. His 13 foul shots marked the most since Kyle Casey sank 13 from the charity stripe (13-16) at Santa Clara Jan. 4, 2010. Saunders' 18 attempts were the most since Brian Cusworth '07 went 10-of-19 at Dartmouth Jan. 6, 2007.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 105-22 (.827) when leading at halftime and 27-75 (.264) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 42-7 when leading at the half (.857) and is 4-0 when owning an advantage at the midway point of games this year.
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard has wins over five conferences this season: ACC, Atlantic-10, America East, MAAC and NEWMAC. The Crimson established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
Last year's senior class of Oliver McNally '12, Andrew Van Nest '12 and Keith Wright '12 won 84 games (84-34, .712) during their careers, a program record. Current senior Christian Webster has helped Harvard win 75 games throughout this career (75-24, .758).
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least 14 games on national or regional television this season, which will establish a new program record. Four of those TV games will be played at Lavietes Pavilion, also a program record.
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and is 1-4 on television this season. The Crimson has nine TV games remaining against California Dec. 29 (Pac-12 Networks), Saint Mary's Dec. 31 (ESPN2), Memphis Jan. 19 (FSN), Dartmouth Jan. 26 (NBC Sports), Princeton Feb. 16 (NBC Sports), Yale Feb. 23 (CBS Sports), Princeton March 1 (ESPNU), Penn March 2 (NBC Sports) and Cornell March 9 (NBC Sports).
Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders have started all nine games this season. Laurent Rivard has started eight games, while Kenyatta Smith and Steve Moundou-Missi have made five starts apiece.
Dunk Tally - 2012-13
Jonah Travis 7
Wesley Saunders 5
Steve Moundou-Missi 4
Agunwa Okolie 4
Kenyatta Smith 3
Michael Hall 1
Throwing It Down
Harvard had a season-high six dunks in the 79-45 win over Manhattan Nov. 16.
Christian Webster surpassed the 800-point mark against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 841 points in his career. He dished out his 100th assist at Connecticut Dec. 8, 2011, and grabbed his 200th rebound at Fordham Jan. 3, 2012. Webster also hit the 100th 3-pointer of his career in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis against Central Florida Nov. 26, 2011. Webster (134) is sixth in program history in career 3-pointers. Webster is also third in Harvard history in free-throw shooting (.863, 189 of 219).
Laurent Rivard scored his 700th point against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 731 points. He also has 201 rebounds, having grabbed his 200th against Boston University Dec. 11, 2012, in his career and 149 3-pointers. He needs 18 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a career .405 3-point shooting percentage.