Harvard Hosts Bryant Friday On Faculty & Staff Night at Lavietes Pavilion

Harvard Hosts Bryant Friday On Faculty & Staff Night at Lavietes Pavilion

Pictured: Doug Miller and the Crimson hosts Bryant University on Friday night. (Gil Talbot)

The Particulars
Harvard hosts the Bulldogs of Bryant University at Lavietes Pavilion at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

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The Promotions
Prior to the game is the Harvard Faculty & Staff Pre-game Party in the Dillon Lounge, starting at 5 p.m. Members of Harvard's community who are not traveling down early to New haven for The Game are invited to Dillon on Friday night to meet and mingle with colleagues and support Harvard's teams.  In addition to the basketball game, the men's hockey team opens the home season against St. Lawrence. Both games start at 7:00 pm. Each Harvard faculty and staff member may receive one free ticket.

Give-a-way: Magnet Schedules
First Half- Trivia
Halftime- Uniform Relay
Second Half- Hot Shot, Prize Pack Drawing

Live Statistics
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Series History
This is the first meeting between Harvard and Bryant. The Bulldogs are in their second season as a Division I program after considerable success on the Division II circuit.

The Quotes
Follow along with Tommy Amaker with select quotes from his weekly media session, held each Monday in the Lounge overlooking Lavieties Pavilion's floor.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Jeremy Lin scored a 3-pointer on a 28-footer at the buzzer while getting fouled in the third overtime to lead the Crimson over the Tribe of William & Mary, 87-85. He was fouled en route to taking the final shot, but the foul didn't matter as the ball went in just as time expired.

Harvard had a 13-point lead early in the second half, but a six-minute field goal drought gave the Tribe an opportunity to get back in the game. William & Mary hit a three with 29 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime.

The overtime periods saw both teams battling it out, with numerous three-point baskets and free throws made by each side. A foul late in the second overtime gave the Tribe the opportunity to tie the game yet again and force a third extra session. 

Lin finished the game with 19 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in 46 minutes of play, while Oliver McNally added 17 points on 5-10 shooting from behind the arc.

Bryant's Last Time Out
The Bulldogs fell to Bucknell, 59-56, in the World Vision Invitational finale on Sunday. Despite fighting back from a 20-point deficit early in the second half, the Bulldogs were unable to finish the run.

Trailing by seven with under a minute to play, Chris Birrell found the basket from behind the arc to pull the Bulldogs within four. After a free throw by the Bisons and a field goal by Barry Latham, Bryant pulled within two with 32 seconds remaining. However, Bucknell got another chance at the charity stripe and increased the lead to three, leaving Bryant with little time to pull out a win.

Cecil Gresham led the team in scoring, as he was the only Bulldog to reach double digits as he scored 26 points on the night. Adam Parzych pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

As a team, Bryant shot 37 percent from the floor, including a 41.2 percent mark from downtown.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker
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 201-174 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.

Complete Game Notes
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