CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team tipped off its 2016-17 season Friday night in front of 1,487 fans with its annual Crimson Madness event, broadcast live on ESPN3.
The night featured a dunk contest, 3-point competition and intra-squad scrimmage, giving fans their first glimpse of the Crimson. Harvard also welcomed several special guests to the event, with the Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, Anita Elberse of the Harvard Business School, John Martin of Annenberg Dining Hall, women's basketball senior captain Taylor Finley and special VIP guest Desi Dow helping to judge the dunk contest. Adding to the excitement was NECN sports anchor, Chris Collins.
Zena Edosomwan won his second-straight dunk contest, advancing to the finals by jumping over three Crimson players – 6-10 pair Robert Baker and Henry Welsh and 6-9 Chris Lewis. In the finals, Edosomwan flew over sophomore Tommy McCarthy to reclaim his title.
The 3-point contest went to sophomore Corey Johnson, who knocked down 12-of-18 shots from beyond-the-arc in the final round to secure the title. Corbin Miller, the 2014 champion, came in second, with nine in the final round.
White defeated Crimson during the intra-squad scrimmage, 48-41, paced by 14 points from Edosomwan. McCarthy led the Crimson team with 13 point The two teams battled back and forth and were knotted 15-15 halfway through the first 12-minute half. The White squad posted seven-unanswered to pull out to a 22-16 lead, capped by an Edosomwan dunk on the break. At half, it was White ahead, 26-22.
A triple by Miller pushed the White lead to seven, 29-22 and, with seven minutes to play, White held an 11-point advantage, 38-27. Balsa Dragovic pulled the Crimson within seven, 38-31, but the squad would come no closer.
Harvard will return to Lavietes Pavilion Nov. 3 to host MIT in an exhibition before heading to Shanghai, China to take on Stanford.