Harvard at Boston University
The Harvard men's basketball team will continue its sseven-game road trip as it heads down Commonwealth Ave. to Boston University Tuesday, Dec. 8. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Patriot League Network.
Tuesday's contest will be Harvard's last before taking a two-week break for exams. The Crimson will return to the court Dec. 22 against BYU in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic live on ESPNU.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team had No. 4/6 Kansas on the ropes after battling back from a 16-point first-half deficit but was unable to complete the comeback, falling to the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse, 75-69.
Weisner Perez led the comeback with 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench, including 11 points and five boards in the second half. Zena Edosomwan a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Tommy McCarthy added 11 points and five assists.
Harvard shot 43.9 percent (25-57) on the day and outrebounded Kansas 39-31, but committed 19 turnovers while allowing the Jayhawks to shoot 47.5 percent (28-59). Frank Mason III scored 21 points to go with five assists and four steals.
On the Comeback Trail
Harvard nearly completed an improbable comeback at No. 4/6 Kansas (Dec. 5) as the team rallied from 16-points down in the first half to tie the score at 56-56 with 7:53 remaining. Had Harvard held on for the win, it would have represented the second-largest deficit overcome by the program under head coach Tommy Amaker, and would have marked the 18th time that Harvard has overcome a double-digit deficit with Amaker at the helm.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 141-49 (.742) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 16th-highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Dec. 6).
Harvard has posted a 63-6 (.913) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the ninth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played Dec. 6).
Harvard held each of its first six opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting, the program's longest streak under Tommy Amaker, and leads the Ivy League in both scoring defense (62.9 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (37.0%).
Under Amaker, Harvard has held six opponents to fewer than 40 points, including MIT this season, and seven opponents to less than 30.0 percent shooting, including MIT and Bryant this season.
On the Glass
Harvard is averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in five of eight games. Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 34.2 rebounds per game for a season (2014-15) and has never had more than seven 40-rebound games in a year (2007-08, 2014-15).
From Way Down Town
Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in all eight games this season, the team's longest streak since going 12-straight games during the 2012-13 season (Nov. 11 - Jan. 12).
Harvard shot 10-of-20 from 3-point range against Bryant, marking the most 3-pointers made by the Crimson since hitting 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014.
Weisner Perez was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Dec. 7 after averaging 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a pair of games at Northeastern and No. 4/6 Kansas. Perez is the first member of the Crimson to earn the award since Siyani Chambers '16-17 did so on March 11, 2013.
Force Down Low
Junior Zena Edosomwan has been a force in the paint as he leads the team with 13.1 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. Edosomwan has scored in double-figures in six of eight games, with 19 of his 44 field goals being dunks.
Edosomwan grabbed 16 rebounds at Providence, the second-most ever by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker (Steve Moundou-Missi '15, 17 rebs. at Vermont, Dec. 6, 2014).
Shooter on the Floor
ESPN's Paul Biancardi reffered to freshman Cory Johnson as "one of the best freshmen shooters in all of college basketball" prior to Harvard's game at Boston College. Johnson responded with a 3-of-4 performance from distance and finished the game with 12 points.
Johnson currently leads the team with 17 3-pointers and is shooting 37.8 percent (17-45) from 3-point range. He has made at least one 3-pointer in all seven games to begin his career.
Points Responsible For
Freshman Tommy McCarthy has scored or assisted on 31.5 percent (161 pts.) of Harvard's points this season. McCarthy ranks second on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) and is first in assists (34).
Senior Patrick Steeves made his collegiate debut on opening night against MIT (Nov. 13) after having missed the entirety of his sophomore and junior years due to injury. Steeves, now healthy for the first time in his career, has appeared in each of Harvard's last four games and is averaging 8.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.5 apg for the year.
In The Spotlight
18 of Harvard's 30 games have been picked up for national or regional television broadcasts, including 11 games on the ESPN family of networks. Including this season, the Crimson will have played on TV 83 times since 2010-11.
Harvard sold out its first two home games verus MIT and UMass, marking the first time under head coach Tommy Amaker that the Crimson has sold out its first two home games of the year. Harvard has played in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd 31 times since 2010-11.
FIBA U19 World Championships
Chris Egi, Corey Johnson and Weisner Perez competed at the highest level over the summer, representing their respective countries at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece.
Egi, who was appointed as a captain by his coaching staff, paired with Johnson to lift Team Canada to a fifth-place finish, the country's highest finish at the competition. Egi appeared in all seven of Team Canada's games, averaging 6.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.3 bpg. Johnson also appeared in all seven games and was the team's third-leading scorer at 12.1 ppg, including a 21-point performance versus Tunisia on 7-of-10 shooting from the 3-point line.
Perez, representing the Dominican Republic, also appeared in all seven games and averaged 3.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg.
Edosomwan in China
Junior Zena Edosomwan spent three weeks this summer in China with the WILSA program hosting basketball camps and discussing college options with local youths.
Captaining the Ship
Evan Cummins is one of four members of Northfield Mount Hermon's Class of 2012 to be voted captain for the upcoming season; Spike Albrecht (Michigan), Tommy Carpenter (Dartmouth), Ethan O'Day ( Vermont).
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.
On The Sidelines
Head coach Tommy Amaker's 163 wins at Harvard rank second all-time in Harvard coaching annals and are the seventh-most in the Ivy League since the conference began competition in 1956. His 78 Ivy League victories, meanwhile, have him tied with former Cornell and current Penn head coach Steve Donahue (2000-10) for 10th place in conference history.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
Amaker has led Harvard to five-straight Ivy League championships, tying him with former Penn coach Bob Weinhauer (1977-82) for the third most titles in Ancient Eight history.
Amaker's .657 win percentage (163-85), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Harvard has gone 85-51 in non-conference play under head coach Tommy Amaker, including seven-straight seasons with a winning out-of-conference mark. The Crimson has posted at least 10 non-conference victories five times under Amaker, including a program record 14 wins in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Kings of Massachusetts Courts
Harvard is 28-12 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 21-7 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm.