Harvard, No. 13 Georgetown Battle Wednesday In Washington, D.C.
Pictured: Freshman Christian Webster, last year's Marland
Gatorade Player of the Year, and the Harvard Crimson travel to
Washington D.C. on Wednesday for a matchup against the 13th-ranked
Harvard returns from a 13-day hiatus from competition on Wed., Dec. 23 for a noon matinee against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
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The teams have met just twice before, the last time coming in the 1976-77 season. Georgetown won that game, 60-40, as well as a 58-53 contest played back in the 1949-50 campaign.
Harvard's Last Time
Jeremy Lin had 16 second-half points and made 10-of-12 free throws in the game to guide the Harvard men's basketball team to its second straight win over crosstown rival Boston College. Before 4,136 fans at Conte Forum, Lin scored a game-high 25 points, while Keith Wright added a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
Harvard enjoyed a 45-34 advantage in scoring during the second half, as the Crimson shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes of action.
Despite an eight-minute scoring drought, Harvard trailed by just four at the break and the Crimson methodically got back into the game by converting 9-of-12 shots to start the second stanza. A steal and a gliding layup from Lin followed by two free throws made it a 43-42 game with under 13 minutes to play. Another driving layup kept it a one-point affair, 45-44, as he started 6-of-6 from the floor. Those freebies kicked off an 11-0 run that saw Harvard grab a 53-45 lead that it would never relinquish.
Georgetown's Last Time
Old Dominion spoiled Georgetown's annual game at McDonough Arena, capitalizing on 18 turnovers in a 61-57 win Saturday night and handing the then-11th-ranked Hoyas their first loss of the season.
Ben Finney had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Monarchs.
The game was played despite a record December snowstorm that brought the nation's capital to a virtual standstill, and the Hoyas looked as cold as the outside temperature when they tallied nine turnovers and only nine points in the first 13 minutes.
The preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association never trailed and led by 18 with 14:20 to play.
The Hoyas rallied to cut the lead to 59-57 on Greg Monroe's two free throws with 1:16 remaining, but Frank Hassell's tip-in with 41 seconds left ended a 3 1/2 minute drought for the Monarchs and wound up being the final points scored in the game.
Monroe finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas, who shot only 14 for 22 from the free throw line. Julian Vaughn had 13 points but also committed five turnovers, and Freeman had 13 points and three turnovers.
Harvard Coach Tommy
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his third season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 200th career coaching victory Nov. 13 in the 2009-10 season opener at Holy Cross.
He brings a 206-176 career head coaching record into the game, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.
Amaker came to Harvard after a six year stint as Michigan's head coach. Inheriting a program that was reeling from institutional and NCAA sanctions, he led the Wolverines to the postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title, reaching the championship game of the 2006 NIT, and advancing to the second round of the 2007 tournament. The 2006-07 season was Michigan's second straight 20-win campaign and its third in four years. The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation during the 2005-06 season.
Harvard's RPI (collegerpi.com) is currently 42nd nationally. Georgetown enters play at No. 12.
William & Mary, which Harvard defeated, was ranked as high as 13th and is currently 20th. The win is the only Ivy League victory against a Top 25 RPI team this season.
Harvard has three of the Ivy's five wins against Top 100 teams (William & Mary, Rice, Boston College).
Ranked behind Harvard are:
Arizona, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pitt, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier
Big Time Contributors
So far this season, non-starters have accounted for 39.8 percent of Harvard's total points (242 of 608) as well as played 48 percent of the total minutes.
Harvard's bench players have outscored opposing team subs in all nine games this year with three 30-plus-point outings.
Harvard is the winner of this year's unofficial basketball Beanpot after defeating Boston College, Boston University and Holy Cross this season.
Harvard has defeated BC in each of the last two seasons and is 5-0 in its last five games against in-state foes.
Up The Leaderboard
Jeremy Lin moved past Matt Stehle '06 (1,151) into 15th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,174 points.
By starting 6-of-6 from the floor against BC on Dec. 9, Jeremy Lin had made 17 of his last 20 shot attempts dating back to the UConn game
On The Big Board
Harvard outrebounded UConn, 23-19, in the first half on Dec. 6. The Crimson has yet to be outrebounded in the first half of a game this season.
Harvard outrebounded Boston College, 31-30, in its win on Dec. 9 just days after BC had outrebounded previously unbeaten Miami, 43-21.
In The Paint
Harvard has scored more points in the paint than its opponents in every game this season
Harvard's wins over Rice on Dec. 2 and BC on Dec. 9 sealed the Crimson's best start to a season (6-1 and 7-2, respectively) in 25 years since going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.
Harvard's 8-0 start in 1984-85 included two victories over D. II programs and one victory over a D. III program. The next best start came in 1957-58 when the team started 8-1 with five wins against lower division opponents.
Complete Game Notes
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