Men's Basketball Returns to Action This Week at George Washington, Howard

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a convincing 34-point home win over Massachusetts and a final-exams break, Harvard continues its 2019-20 schedule with road dates at George Washington and Howard. The two-game road trip is part of a larger 10-game stretch where the Crimson will play nine away from Lavietes Pavilion. First up for Harvard on Saturday will be its second straight Atlantic-10 foe, George Washington, before clashing with Howard on Sunday. The 10-game gauntlet ends next week at California (Dec. 29) and San Francisco (Dec. 30).

How to Follow
George Washington Broadcast: ESPN+
Howard Broadcast: HUBison.com
George Washington Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Game Notes: at George Washington/at Howard
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• Harvard returns to action after enjoying its largest victory over Massachusetts in series history. The Crimson was led by senior Robert Baker, who had a career-high 19 points, and sophomore Noah Kirkwood, who added a season-high 19 points of his own. First-year Chris Ledlum, meanwhile, chipped in 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds en route to earning his second Ivy League Rookie-of-the-Week honor on Dec. 9.

• The Crimson shot a season-high 58.2 percent from the field vs. the Minutemen, including a 20-for-27 combined effort from the floor (.741) from the aforementioned trio. On the other end of the floor, Harvard held UMass to 32.8-percent shooting, its second-best defensive effort this season vs. Division I competition (Texas A&M shot 31.4 percent).

• Other tidbits from the UMass game: Harvard limited the Minutemen to 55 points, its second-lowest scoring output of the season (46 vs. No. 7/6 Virginia) and its second-lowest field-goal percentage (.328)... Harvard held advantages in points in the paint (46-28), points off turnovers (22-13), fastbreak points (14-0) and bench points (36-16).

• Senior Chris Lewis became the 36th player in program history to reach the 1,000-career-point mark when he scored nine points against Massachusetts. He is the second Harvard player this season to accomplish the feat, following in the footsteps of classmate Bryce Aiken, who joined the club at Holy Cross on Nov. 22.

• Lewis is on the verge of making more history at Harvard as he sits just two blocked shots away from setting a new program record (150). The senior has 148 career rejections in 97 outings (1.5 bpg) and trails Keith Wright (149), who played for the Crimson from 2008-12.

At The Helm
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker is on the Harvard sidelines for his 13th season. The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball has directed the Crimson to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 18-19) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 412-274 career record: 236-135 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.