CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The Harvard men's basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season in front of 1,500 fans at Crimson Madness on Friday night in the newly renovated Levietes Pavilion.
The night featured a dunk contest, 3-point competition and intra-squad scrimmage, giving fans their first glimpse of the 2017-18 team. Harvard also welcomed several special guests to the event including John of Annenberg, Harvard University Police Officer Brian Adamson and current players Henry and Chris Lewis in the student section helping judge the dunk contest. First-round draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and current Boston Celtics player Jayson Tatum was also in attendance.
A new dunk contest champion was crowned as senior captain Chris Egi earned the coveted title. Egi received a pass from his mom, before jumping over a teammate to make the winning shot in the final round. Freshman guard Rio Haskett was also in the finals, having earned the spot by going through the legs from behind the backboard to earn 49 points from the judges in the second round.
Crimson defeated Black during the intra-squad scrimmage, 30-24, led by Lewis who had seven points. At the end of the first half, the Crimson led the Black, 15-12, with sophomore Robert Baker leading the all scorers with six points. 15 more points from the Crimson in the second half secured the win. Sophomore forward Corey Johnson put it away for the Crimson, netting a triple with 20 seconds to go in the second half.
Harvard will return to Lavietes Pavilion on Nov. 10 to host MIT at 7 p.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Network and NESNplus.