Harvard at Santa Clara Monday Night; Game Almost Sold Out

Harvard at Santa Clara Monday Night; Game Almost Sold Out

Pictured: Jeremy Lin and the Crimson figure to be playing in front of a pro-Harvard crowd Monday night for its final nonleague game of the season at Santa Clara. 

The Particulars
Harvard continues its west coast swing Monday night when the Crimson takes on Santa Clara University at 10 p.m. (EST). The game is serving as a homecoming of sorts for Jeremy Lin and Oliver McNally who hail from nearby Palo Alto and San Francisco, respectively.

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Live Statistics
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Series History
Harvard leads the all-time series, 2-1, having won the last two games including a contest played last season in Cambridge, Mass.

Last Year's Meeting
Jeremy Lin recorded game-highs of 17 points, nine assists and three steals to go with five rebounds as Harvard raced past visiting Santa Clara, 73-68. Lin converted 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:40 to help the Crimson hold off the Broncos, who faced an uphill battle against a Crimson team that turned the ball over just six times.

Doug Miller collected a career-high 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting while Drew Housman '09 had 16 points including two early triples and four free throws in the final 30 seconds. As a team, the Crimson was 8-for-16 from deep.

Santa Clara, which turned the ball over 20 times, was led by Kevin Foster's 20 points. Foster scored 15 of his points after the break. Harvard led by as many as 13 points in the first half in a high-energy game but led by just two, 31-29, at the break. After scoring six points in the first 1:28 of play, Santa Clara needed 10 minutes to score its next six. The Broncos closed out the period on a 10-1 run to trail 31-29 at halftime.

The visitors took a brief lead early in the second half and led 37-36 after a Foster jumper. The Crimson then ripped off 11 straight points. Two Perry Petty free throws got the Broncos within 54-50 at eight minutes to play, but they never came closer as Miller went hard to the rim for two and Oliver McNally scored all five of his points in the next two minutes with the Crimson pulling away.

After getting out to a rough 2-for-6 start at the free throw line, Harvard made 15 of 18 in the second half.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Harvard jumped all over Seattle on Saturday, leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, 52-26, before settling for a 92-71 victory in its first game in the state of Washington.

Four Crimson players netted double figures in the first half with Jeremy Lin finishing with game-highs of 21 points (8-9 FG) and four steals. Kyle Casey had a career-high 19 points (7-10 FG), six boards and three assists in 23 minutes while Keith Wright (16 points, three blocks) and Christian Webster (12 points, five assists, five rebounds, three steals) rounded out the team's top performers.

Harvard shot 74 percent for the first 18 minutes of the game and finished better than 58 percent for the contest.

Santa Clara's Last Time Out
Robert Smith scored 17 points Saturday as Santa Clara edged out New Hampshire, 71-68. Smith was 6-of-14 from the floor with three triples while Michael Santos was 5-of-8 for 15 points. Marc Trasolini came off the bench to score 12 points on 6-of-6 free throw shooting for a Broncos team that made 23 of 27 at the stripe. 

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 209-177 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.

RPI Watch
Harvard's RPI ( has been rated as high as 21st (its highest ranking in school history) and is currently 26th nationally. Cornell is rated 33rd.

William & Mary, which Harvard defeated, has been as high as fifth and is currently seventh. The win is the only Ivy League victory against a Top 25 RPI team this season.

Harvard has three of the Ivy's six 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.

Playing The East
Two of Harvard's losses have come against the top-ranked conference this season, the Big East.

In the latest edition of Parade Magazine (Dec. 27), Harvard's 82-70 victory over Boston College in Jan., 2009 was named as the nation's sporting "Upset of the Year."

NESN also listed the victory among BC's "Top 10 Defining Moments of the Decade." 

Harvard has defeated BC in each their last two meetings - both of which came during the 2009 calendar year.

In The Record Books
Harvard's 92-71 win at Seattle (1/02) set a program record for nonleague victories in a season (10) - surpassing the previous mark of nine set back in 1957-58.

Race To Double Figures
This season, Harvard reached the 10-win plateau faster than any season in the program's 99-year history (Jan. 2).

Harvard's 66-53 win over George Washington (12/30) gave the Crimson its first victory against a team from the Atlantic-10 Conference since the 1980-81 (Massachusetts). The A-10 was the fourth-best ranked conference in the country at the time of playing..

Streaks & Stops
Harvard's 78-70 win at Boston University marked the first Harvard victory at BU since the 1975 season - a streak of 34 years.

Harvard has stopped numerous streaks and gained several "firsts" under Tommy Amaker, including:

-Program's best start in 25 years since going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.

-Program's best home record to start a season in 23 years since going 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion to start the 1986-87 season.

-Program's most nonleague victories (10), surpassing a mark of nine wins established in 1957-58.

-Program's fastest time to 10 victories (Jan. 2) in a season.

-Program's highest-ever ranking in the RPI (collegerpi) at #21 on January 1.

-Program's first win over a nationally-ranked team with an 82-70 win at #17 Boston College in 2008-09.

-Program's first win over a BCS program with a 62-51 win over Michigan in 2007-08.

-Program's first Top 25 recruiting class by ESPN in 2008-09.

-Program's first win at Penn since 1989-90 season with a win at The Palestra in 2008-09.

-Program's first win at Yale since 1998-99 season with a win at the Lee Amphitheater in 2008-09.

-Ivy League-best seven road victories in 2008-09. 

-Program's first weekend sweep of Penn-Princeton since 1986-87 - and third-ever- in 2007-08.

Four Horsemen
Four of Harvard's four frontcourt players are shooting better than 60 percent from the floor. Pat Magnarelli (.632), Doug Miller (.618), Keith Wright (.606) and Kyle Casey (.600) 

Wright leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage at .606 for players with enough attempts to qualify.

Shooting Disparity
Harvard is shooting nearly 100 percentage points higher than its opposition this season (.489 to .393).

Harvard has won four games this season by at least 21 points.

Jeremy Lin enters play with 190 career steals. Lin has led the Ivy League in steals in each of the past two seasons and ranks third all-time at Harvard.

Brandyn Curry (6 foot 1) blocker a jumper against Seattle's Charles Garcia (6-10) on Saturday. Last season, Max Kenyi (6-4) had a straight-on stuff against Cornell's Jeff Foote who stands seven-foot tall.

Grand Larceny
Jeremy Lin set a new career-high for steals, with seven, coming against George Washington on Dec. 30. Lin had five steals in the first half of the game. '

Assisted Living
Four different players have game 6+ assist games this season; Jeremy Lin (high of 9 vs. W&M), Oliver McNally (high of 9 against UNH); Christian Webster (high of 6 against MIT), Brandyn Curry (high of 6 at Seattle).

Positive Vibes
Harvard's four main guards all boast positive assist-to-turnover ratio.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.