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20 Justin Bassey
20 Justin Bassey
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: So
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
High School: Colorado Academy
Position: G

Career Highs:
Points: 19, vs. Marquette 3/14/18
FG: 7, vs. Marquette 3/14/18
FGA: 12, vs. Marquette 3/14/18
3FG: 4, vs. Cornell 3/2/18
3FGA: 5, five times
FT: 6, vs. Cornell 3/2/18
FTA: 6, five times
Rebounds: 12, vs. Marquette 3/14/18
Assists: 7, vs. Columbia 3/3/18
Blocks: 1, five times
Steals: 4, twice
Minutes 48, vs. Cornell 3/2/18

Sophomore (2017-18):
All-Ivy League honorable mention … Ivy League honor roll (Feb. 26) … Averaged 8.0 points, a team-high 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game – improved to 10.2 points per game during Ivy League action … Scored six points with 10 rebounds against Northeastern (Nov. 30) and Minnesota (Dec. 30) … Added 11 points against Boston University (Dec. 21) and Dartmouth (Jan. 6) … Notched his first-career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Dartmouth (Jan. 20) … Scored 13 points at Brown (Jan. 27), and had 12 against Penn (Feb. 10) … Scored a then-career-best 18 points against Princeton (Feb. 23) and Cornell (March 2) … Notched career-bests of 19 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in the first round of the NIT at Marquette (March 14) … Helped Harvard to its sixth Ivy League championship in program history, and its second-ever berth in the NIT.

Freshman (2016-17):
Played in 27 games, starting 20, including 15 of the last 16 ... Averaging 6.1 points per game and 4.6 rebounds ... Posted double-figures seven times ... Led the team in rebounding four times ... In his first career action and start, posted 14 points in 22 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting, adding four rebounds and an assist ... Notched seven points and seven rebounds against Holy Cross (Nov. 22) ... Posted four points and five rebounds in the win at Houston (Dec. 23), helping to get a stop on the final possession ... Registered 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc at Vermont (Jan. 2) ... Registered 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, adding a team-high six boards at Dartmouth (Jan. 7) ... Posted six points and paced the team in rebounds (eight) against McGill (Jan. 10) ... Notched six points and four rebounds against Dartmouth (Jan. 21) ... Recorded a career-high 16 points at Cornell (Jan. 27) on 5-of-6 shooting, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining ... Against Penn and Princeton (Feb. 3-4), averaged 7.5 points and 8.0 rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting ... Registered 11 points at Brown (Feb. 10) on 3-of-4 shooting ... Posted eight points and eight rebounds against Cornell (Feb. 18) ... Notched 13 points and six rebounds at Princeton (March 3) ... Registered five points and six rebounds against Yale (March 11) in the Ivy League tournament. 

Justin Bassey with Ash Carter, the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and the Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The former Secretary of Defense became known while in that position for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” to transform how the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances. He re-joined Harvard in March of 2017. We thought it fitting to have him meet our “best defender,” Justin Bassey

Background:
Four-year letterwinner at Colorado Academy … Served as captain as a junior and senior … Tabbed as the All-State Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 … Named to the All-Colorado team as a junior and senior, was a three-time All-State first team pick (2013, 2014, 2015), and earned second team All-State honors as a freshman … Selected to play in the Colorado High School All-Star Game as a sophomore, junior, and senior … Graduated as Colorado Academy’s all-time leading scorer with 2,159 career points … Served as a mentor and guest speaker for Project Greer Street … Helped establish an annual charitable basketball tournament at Colorado Academy. 

Recent Games
Feb 24 at Penn L, 74-71
Mar 2 Cornell W, 98-88
Mar 3 Columbia W, 93-74
Mar 10 vs. Cornell W, 74-55
Mar 11 vs. Penn L, 68-65
Mar 14 at Marquette L, 67-60
Statistics category Overall Conf
Games 31 14
Games started 27 13
Minutes 1021 491
Minutes per game 32.9 35.1
FG 75-164 41-87
FG Pct 45.7 47.1
3PT 37-87 23-47
3PT Pct 42.5 48.9
FT 62-76 38-45
FT Pct 81.6 84.4
Off rebounds 37 18
Def rebounds 147 74
Total rebounds 184 92
Rebounds per game 5.9 6.6
Personal fouls 69 34
Disqualifications 3 2
Assists 79 45
Turnovers 83 46
Assist to turnover ratio 1.0 1.0
Steals 40 19
Blocks 3 3
Points 249 143
Points per game 8.0 10.2
Points per 40 min 9.8 11.6
Date Opponent Score gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Oct 13 Crimson Madness   - - - - - - - - -
Nov 10 MIT W, 73-64 1 35 1-2 50.0 0-0 - 5-6 83.3 7
Nov 12 Massachusetts W, 70-67 1 40 0-2 0.0 0-1 0.0 2-2 100.0 2
Nov 16 at Holy Cross L, 73-69 1 37 4-6 66.7 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 8
Nov 18 at Manhattan L, 73-69 - 25 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0
Nov 23 vs. No. 21/21 Saint Mary's L, 89-71 1 25 1-1 100.0 0-0 - 2-2 100.0 4
Nov 24 vs. Saint Joseph's W, 77-71 1 24 1-4 25.0 1-3 33.3 0-0 - 3
Nov 26 at Cal St. Fullerton L, 70-61 1 22 2-4 50.0 2-3 66.7 0-0 - 6
Nov 30 at Northeastern L, 77-61 1 33 2-4 50.0 0-1 0.0 2-2 100.0 6
Dec 2 at No. 7/7 Kentucky L, 79-70 1 22 1-3 33.3 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 2
Dec 6 at Fordham W, 47-45 - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Boston University W, 74-63 - 27 3-5 60.0 2-3 66.7 3-3 100.0 11
Dec 23 at George Washington L, 58-48 - 28 0-5 0.0 0-2 0.0 0-0 - 0
Dec 30 at Minnesota L, 65-55 1 36 2-5 40.0 2-4 50.0 0-0 - 6
Jan 2 Vermont L, 62-56 1 36 2-5 40.0 1-4 25.0 0-0 - 5
Jan 6 Dartmouth W, 61-51 1 33 4-6 66.7 3-5 60.0 0-0 - 11
Jan 10 at Wofford L, 63-62 1 36 2-6 33.3 2-5 40.0 2-4 50.0 8
Jan 20 at Dartmouth W, 62-57 1 40 3-7 42.9 2-5 40.0 2-2 100.0 10
Jan 26 at Yale W, 54-52 1 36 2-6 33.3 2-5 40.0 3-3 100.0 9
Jan 27 at Brown W, 86-77 1 35 3-6 50.0 2-3 66.7 5-6 83.3 13
Feb 2 at Columbia L, 83-76 1 35 2-6 33.3 1-4 25.0 2-2 100.0 7
Feb 3 at Cornell W, 76-73 1 30 2-7 28.6 1-3 33.3 4-4 100.0 9
Feb 9 Princeton W, 66-51 1 37 1-4 25.0 0-1 0.0 1-3 33.3 3
Feb 10 Penn W, 76-67 1 34 3-8 37.5 1-3 33.3 5-6 83.3 12
Feb 16 Brown W, 65-58 1 33 2-4 50.0 0-1 0.0 0-2 0.0 4
Feb 17 Yale W, 64-49 1 36 4-8 50.0 1-3 33.3 2-2 100.0 11
Feb 23 at Princeton W, 72-66 1 36 5-9 55.6 3-4 75.0 5-5 100.0 18
Feb 24 at Penn L, 74-71 1 33 3-7 42.9 1-3 33.3 2-3 66.7 9
Mar 2 Cornell W, 98-88 1 48 4-6 66.7 4-5 80.0 6-6 100.0 18
Mar 3 Columbia W, 93-74 - 25 3-3 100.0 2-2 100.0 1-1 100.0 9
Mar 10 vs. Cornell W, 74-55 1 34 1-5 20.0 0-2 0.0 2-2 100.0 4
Mar 11 vs. Penn L, 68-65 1 36 5-7 71.4 2-4 50.0 3-3 100.0 15
Mar 14 at Marquette L, 67-60 1 34 7-12 58.3 2-4 50.0 3-6 50.0 19
Date Opponent Score gs min off def reb ast to a/to stl blk pf dq
Oct 13 Crimson Madness   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 10 MIT W, 73-64 1 35 0 7 7 4 2 2.0 3 0 2 0
Nov 12 Massachusetts W, 70-67 1 40 0 7 7 4 2 2.0 1 0 1 -
Nov 16 at Holy Cross L, 73-69 1 37 2 3 5 1 6 0.2 0 0 2 -
Nov 18 at Manhattan L, 73-69 - 25 0 3 3 2 2 1.0 0 0 4 -
Nov 23 vs. No. 21/21 Saint Mary's L, 89-71 1 25 0 0 0 3 0 - 2 0 3 -
Nov 24 vs. Saint Joseph's W, 77-71 1 24 1 3 4 5 1 5.0 1 0 5 1
Nov 26 at Cal St. Fullerton L, 70-61 1 22 1 0 1 2 1 2.0 0 0 2 -
Nov 30 at Northeastern L, 77-61 1 33 1 9 10 1 1 1.0 1 0 3 -
Dec 2 at No. 7/7 Kentucky L, 79-70 1 22 0 2 2 0 2 0.0 1 0 0 -
Dec 6 at Fordham W, 47-45 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Boston University W, 74-63 - 27 0 5 5 1 1 1.0 0 0 3 0
Dec 23 at George Washington L, 58-48 - 28 1 3 4 0 1 0.0 1 0 0 -
Dec 30 at Minnesota L, 65-55 1 36 3 7 10 1 1 1.0 2 0 1 -
Jan 2 Vermont L, 62-56 1 36 1 3 4 3 3 1.0 1 0 0 0
Jan 6 Dartmouth W, 61-51 1 33 1 5 6 1 3 0.3 0 0 4 -
Jan 10 at Wofford L, 63-62 1 36 2 4 6 1 2 0.5 1 0 3 -
Jan 20 at Dartmouth W, 62-57 1 40 1 9 10 3 5 0.6 4 0 0 -
Jan 26 at Yale W, 54-52 1 36 1 4 5 4 2 2.0 2 0 2 0
Jan 27 at Brown W, 86-77 1 35 1 4 5 2 3 0.7 2 1 5 1
Feb 2 at Columbia L, 83-76 1 35 2 4 6 5 6 0.8 1 0 0 -
Feb 3 at Cornell W, 76-73 1 30 0 5 5 4 2 2.0 0 0 4 -
Feb 9 Princeton W, 66-51 1 37 2 6 8 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 0
Feb 10 Penn W, 76-67 1 34 1 6 7 4 1 4.0 2 1 0 0
Feb 16 Brown W, 65-58 1 33 0 5 5 2 2 1.0 2 0 3 -
Feb 17 Yale W, 64-49 1 36 2 6 8 2 5 0.4 1 1 3 -
Feb 23 at Princeton W, 72-66 1 36 3 5 8 1 6 0.2 0 0 2 -
Feb 24 at Penn L, 74-71 1 33 3 6 9 4 2 2.0 1 0 5 1
Mar 2 Cornell W, 98-88 1 48 1 6 7 5 6 0.8 2 0 2 0
Mar 3 Columbia W, 93-74 - 25 0 3 3 7 2 3.5 1 0 4 0
Mar 10 vs. Cornell W, 74-55 1 34 1 3 4 1 1 1.0 2 0 0 -
Mar 11 vs. Penn L, 68-65 1 36 1 7 8 0 3 0.0 1 0 4 -
Mar 14 at Marquette L, 67-60 1 34 5 7 12 5 8 0.6 4 0 2 -
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
2016-17 27 20 27.4 2.1-3.7 56.4 0.7-1.8 40.8 1.1-1.4 81.6 6.1
2017-18 31 27 32.9 2.4-5.3 45.7 1.2-2.8 42.5 2.0-2.5 81.6 8.0
2018-19 - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
Total 58 47 30.4 2.3-4.6 49.8 1.0-2.3 41.9 1.6-2.0 81.6 7.1
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
2016-17 27 20 740 57-101 56.4 20-49 40.8 31-38 81.6 165
2017-18 31 27 1021 75-164 45.7 37-87 42.5 62-76 81.6 249
2018-19 - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
Total 58 47 1761 132-265 49.8 57-136 41.9 93-114 81.6 414
  gp gs min/g fg/40 pct 3pt/40 pct ft/40 pct pts/40
2016-17 27 20 27.4 3.1-5.5 56.4 1.1-2.6 40.8 1.7-2.1 81.6 8.9
2017-18 31 27 32.9 2.9-6.4 45.7 1.4-3.4 42.5 2.4-3.0 81.6 9.8
2018-19 - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
Total 58 47 30.4 3.0-6.0 49.8 1.3-3.1 41.9 2.1-2.6 81.6 9.4
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
2016-17 27 20 27.4 0.8 3.7 4.6 2.0 0.0 1.5 0.9 1.6 0.7 0.1
2017-18 31 27 32.9 1.2 4.7 5.9 2.2 0.1 2.5 2.7 1.0 1.3 0.1
2018-19 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 47 30.4 1.0 4.3 5.3 2.1 0.1 2.1 1.9 1.1 1.0 0.1
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
2016-17 27 20 740 22 101 123 55 1 40 25 1.6 18 2
2017-18 31 27 1021 37 147 184 69 3 79 83 1.0 40 3
2018-19 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 47 1761 59 248 307 124 4 119 108 1.1 58 5
  gp gs mpg off/40 def/40 reb/40 pf/40 dq/40 ast/40 to/40 a/to stl/40 blk/40
2016-17 27 20 27.4 1.2 5.5 6.6 3.0 0.1 2.2 1.4 1.6 1.0 0.1
2017-18 31 27 32.9 1.4 5.8 7.2 2.7 0.1 3.1 3.3 1.0 1.6 0.1
2018-19 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 47 30.4 1.3 5.6 7.0 2.8 0.1 2.7 2.5 1.1 1.3 0.1
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
Total 31 27 32.9 2.4-5.3 45.7 1.2-2.8 42.5 2.0-2.5 81.6 8.0
Conference 14 13 35.1 2.9-6.2 47.1 1.6-3.4 48.9 2.7-3.2 84.4 10.2
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Home 11 9 34.9 2.5-4.8 50.9 1.3-2.5 50.0 2.3-2.8 80.6 8.5
Away 16 14 32.4 2.5-5.9 42.6 1.2-3.1 40.0 1.9-2.4 78.9 8.1
Neutral 4 4 29.8 2.0-4.2 47.1 0.8-2.2 33.3 1.8-1.8 100.0 6.5
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Wins 17 15 34.3 2.5-5.4 45.7 1.4-2.9 49.0 2.7-3.1 86.8 9.1
Losses 14 12 31.3 2.4-5.1 45.8 0.9-2.7 34.2 1.1-1.6 69.6 6.8
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November 8 7 30.1 1.4-3.0 45.8 0.4-1.4 27.3 1.4-1.5 91.7 4.5
December 4 2 28.3 1.5-4.5 33.3 1.0-2.5 40.0 0.8-1.0 75.0 4.8
January 6 6 36.0 2.7-6.0 44.4 2.0-4.5 44.4 2.0-2.5 80.0 9.3
February 8 8 34.3 2.8-6.6 41.5 1.0-2.8 36.4 2.6-3.4 77.8 9.1
March 5 4 35.4 4.0-6.6 60.6 2.0-3.4 58.8 3.0-3.6 83.3 13.0
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Total 31 27 1021 75-164 45.7 37-87 42.5 62-76 81.6 249
Conference 14 13 491 41-87 47.1 23-47 48.9 38-45 84.4 143
Exhibition - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
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Home 11 9 384 27-53 50.9 14-28 50.0 25-31 80.6 93
Away 16 14 518 40-94 42.6 20-50 40.0 30-38 78.9 130
Neutral 4 4 119 8-17 47.1 3-9 33.3 7-7 100.0 26
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Wins 17 15 583 42-92 45.7 24-49 49.0 46-53 86.8 154
Losses 14 12 438 33-72 45.8 13-38 34.2 16-23 69.6 95
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November 8 7 241 11-24 45.8 3-11 27.3 11-12 91.7 36
December 4 2 113 6-18 33.3 4-10 40.0 3-4 75.0 19
January 6 6 216 16-36 44.4 12-27 44.4 12-15 80.0 56
February 8 8 274 22-53 41.5 8-22 36.4 21-27 77.8 73
March 5 4 177 20-33 60.6 10-17 58.8 15-18 83.3 65
  gp gs min/g fg/40 pct 3pt/40 pct ft/40 pct pts/40
Total 31 27 32.9 2.9-6.4 45.7 1.4-3.4 42.5 2.4-3.0 81.6 9.8
Conference 14 13 35.1 3.3-7.1 47.1 1.9-3.8 48.9 3.1-3.7 84.4 11.6
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Home 11 9 34.9 2.8-5.5 50.9 1.5-2.9 50.0 2.6-3.2 80.6 9.7
Away 16 14 32.4 3.1-7.3 42.6 1.5-3.9 40.0 2.3-2.9 78.9 10.0
Neutral 4 4 29.8 2.7-5.7 47.1 1.0-3.0 33.3 2.4-2.4 100.0 8.7
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Wins 17 15 34.3 2.9-6.3 45.7 1.6-3.4 49.0 3.2-3.6 86.8 10.6
Losses 14 12 31.3 3.0-6.6 45.8 1.2-3.5 34.2 1.5-2.1 69.6 8.7
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November 8 7 30.1 1.8-4.0 45.8 0.5-1.8 27.3 1.8-2.0 91.7 6.0
December 4 2 28.3 2.1-6.4 33.3 1.4-3.5 40.0 1.1-1.4 75.0 6.7
January 6 6 36.0 3.0-6.7 44.4 2.2-5.0 44.4 2.2-2.8 80.0 10.4
February 8 8 34.3 3.2-7.7 41.5 1.2-3.2 36.4 3.1-3.9 77.8 10.7
March 5 4 35.4 4.5-7.5 60.6 2.3-3.8 58.8 3.4-4.1 83.3 14.7
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
Total 31 27 32.9 1.2 4.7 5.9 2.2 0.1 2.5 2.7 1.0 1.3 0.1
Conference 14 13 35.1 1.3 5.3 6.6 2.4 0.1 3.2 3.3 1.0 1.4 0.2
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 11 9 34.9 0.7 5.4 6.1 2.0 0.0 3.1 2.5 1.2 1.3 0.2
Away 16 14 32.4 1.6 4.7 6.3 2.2 0.1 2.3 3.1 0.7 1.3 0.1
Neutral 4 4 29.8 0.8 3.3 4.0 3.0 0.3 2.3 1.3 1.8 1.5 0.0
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Wins 17 15 34.3 0.9 5.2 6.1 2.4 0.1 3.0 2.6 1.1 1.4 0.2
Losses 14 12 31.3 1.6 4.1 5.7 2.1 0.1 2.0 2.7 0.7 1.1 0.0
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November 8 7 30.1 0.6 4.0 4.6 2.8 0.1 2.8 1.9 1.5 1.0 0.0
December 4 2 28.3 1.0 4.3 5.3 1.0 0.0 0.5 1.3 0.4 1.0 0.0
January 6 6 36.0 1.2 4.8 6.0 2.3 0.2 2.3 3.0 0.8 1.7 0.2
February 8 8 34.3 1.6 5.4 7.0 2.1 0.1 2.9 3.1 0.9 1.0 0.3
March 5 4 35.4 1.6 5.2 6.8 2.4 0.0 3.6 4.0 0.9 2.0 0.0
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
Total 31 27 1021 37 147 184 69 3 79 83 1.0 40 3
Conference 14 13 491 18 74 92 34 2 45 46 1.0 19 3
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 11 9 384 8 59 67 22 0 34 28 1.2 14 2
Away 16 14 518 26 75 101 35 2 36 50 0.7 20 1
Neutral 4 4 119 3 13 16 12 1 9 5 1.8 6 0
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Wins 17 15 583 15 89 104 40 2 51 45 1.1 24 3
Losses 14 12 438 22 58 80 29 1 28 38 0.7 16 0
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November 8 7 241 5 32 37 22 1 22 15 1.5 8 0
December 4 2 113 4 17 21 4 0 2 5 0.4 4 0
January 6 6 216 7 29 36 14 1 14 18 0.8 10 1
February 8 8 274 13 43 56 17 1 23 25 0.9 8 2
March 5 4 177 8 26 34 12 0 18 20 0.9 10 0
  gp gs mpg off/40 def/40 reb/40 pf/40 dq/40 ast/40 to/40 a/to stl/40 blk/40
Total 31 27 32.9 1.4 5.8 7.2 2.7 0.1 3.1 3.3 1.0 1.6 0.1
Conference 14 13 35.1 1.5 6.0 7.5 2.8 0.2 3.7 3.7 1.0 1.5 0.2
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 11 9 34.9 0.8 6.1 7.0 2.3 0.0 3.5 2.9 1.2 1.5 0.2
Away 16 14 32.4 2.0 5.8 7.8 2.7 0.2 2.8 3.9 0.7 1.5 0.1
Neutral 4 4 29.8 1.0 4.4 5.4 4.0 0.3 3.0 1.7 1.8 2.0 0.0
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Wins 17 15 34.3 1.0 6.1 7.1 2.7 0.1 3.5 3.1 1.1 1.6 0.2
Losses 14 12 31.3 2.0 5.3 7.3 2.6 0.1 2.6 3.5 0.7 1.5 0.0
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November 8 7 30.1 0.8 5.3 6.1 3.7 0.2 3.7 2.5 1.5 1.3 0.0
December 4 2 28.3 1.4 6.0 7.4 1.4 0.0 0.7 1.8 0.4 1.4 0.0
January 6 6 36.0 1.3 5.4 6.7 2.6 0.2 2.6 3.3 0.8 1.9 0.2
February 8 8 34.3 1.9 6.3 8.2 2.5 0.1 3.4 3.6 0.9 1.2 0.3
March 5 4 35.4 1.8 5.9 7.7 2.7 0.0 4.1 4.5 0.9 2.3 0.0

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS