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20 Justin Bassey
20 Justin Bassey
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: Jr
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
Mar 2 Princeton W, 66-58
Mar 8 at Cornell L, 72-59
Mar 9 at Columbia W, 83-81
Mar 16 vs. Penn W, 66-58
Mar 17 vs. Yale L, 97-85
Mar 20 at Georgetown W, 71-68
Statistics category Overall Conf
Games 26 10
Games started 22 8
Minutes 734 285
Minutes per game 28.2 28.5
FG 80-163 24-52
FG Pct 49.1 46.2
3PT 27-82 11-30
3PT Pct 32.9 36.7
FT 50-84 21-30
FT Pct 59.5 70.0
Off rebounds 43 14
Def rebounds 129 51
Total rebounds 172 65
Rebounds per game 6.6 6.5
Personal fouls 51 13
Disqualifications 0 0
Assists 48 9
Turnovers 53 14
Assist to turnover ratio 0.9 0.6
Steals 23 7
Blocks 10 3
Points 237 80
Points per game 9.1 8.0
Points per 40 min 12.9 11.2
Date Opponent Score gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Oct 13 Crimson Madness   - - - - - - - - -
Nov 6 MIT W, 78-66 1 19 3-4 75.0 2-3 66.7 1-2 50.0 9
Nov 9 Northeastern L, 81-71 1 33 5-10 50.0 1-5 20.0 1-3 33.3 12
Nov 13 at Massachusetts W, 74-71 1 26 2-3 66.7 1-2 50.0 2-2 100.0 7
Nov 16 at Rhode Island L, 76-74 1 31 7-9 77.8 3-4 75.0 6-6 100.0 23
Nov 21 at San Francisco L, 61-57 1 32 3-6 50.0 0-1 0.0 1-1 100.0 7
Nov 24 at St. Mary's (Cal.) W, 74-68 1 29 3-5 60.0 0-2 0.0 2-6 33.3 8
Nov 28 Holy Cross W, 73-62 1 25 3-6 50.0 0-0 - 1-2 50.0 7
Dec 1 at Siena L, 67-64 1 32 6-12 50.0 0-2 0.0 3-6 50.0 15
Dec 8 at Vermont L, 71-65 1 34 4-7 57.1 1-3 33.3 1-2 50.0 10
Dec 22 George Washington W, 75-61 1 18 4-9 44.4 2-6 33.3 3-6 50.0 13
Dec 29 vs. Mercer W, 71-67 1 33 1-7 14.3 1-5 20.0 2-6 33.3 5
Jan 2 at No. 15/15 North Carolina L, 77-57 1 26 2-4 50.0 0-1 0.0 0-4 0.0 4
Jan 6 McGill   - - - - - - - - -
Jan 12 at Dartmouth L, 81-63 1 34 2-6 33.3 0-2 0.0 3-7 42.9 7
Jan 21 at Howard W, 84-71 1 32 5-11 45.5 4-9 44.4 4-4 100.0 18
Jan 26 Dartmouth W, 64-59 1 34 0-5 0.0 0-4 0.0 0-0 - 0
Feb 1 Yale W, 65-49 1 34 4-5 80.0 2-3 66.7 3-3 100.0 13
Feb 2 Brown W, 68-47 1 29 3-4 75.0 2-3 66.7 2-4 50.0 10
Feb 8 Columbia W, 98-96 1 43 6-10 60.0 1-2 50.0 4-4 100.0 17
Feb 9 Cornell L, 67-61 - - - - - - - - -
Feb 15 at Princeton W, 78-69 1 37 2-5 40.0 0-2 0.0 6-6 100.0 10
Feb 16 at Penn W, 75-68 1 37 6-10 60.0 6-8 75.0 1-4 25.0 19
Feb 22 at Brown L, 88-79 1 15 1-4 25.0 0-3 0.0 0-0 - 2
Feb 23 at Yale W, 88-86 - - - - - - - - -
Mar 1 Penn W, 59-53 - - - - - - - - -
Mar 2 Princeton W, 66-58 - - - - - - - - -
Mar 8 at Cornell L, 72-59 - 12 0-1 0.0 0-1 0.0 0-0 - 0
Mar 9 at Columbia W, 83-81 - 10 0-2 0.0 0-2 0.0 2-2 100.0 2
Mar 16 vs. Penn W, 66-58 - 28 1-2 50.0 0-1 0.0 2-2 100.0 4
Mar 17 vs. Yale L, 97-85 - 18 3-9 33.3 0-4 0.0 0-0 - 6
Mar 20 at Georgetown W, 71-68 1 33 4-7 57.1 1-4 25.0 0-2 0.0 9
Mar 24 at NC State   - - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score gs min off def reb ast to a/to stl blk pf dq
Oct 13 Crimson Madness   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 6 MIT W, 78-66 1 19 0 7 7 2 2 1.0 1 0 4 -
Nov 9 Northeastern L, 81-71 1 33 2 3 5 1 2 0.5 3 0 2 -
Nov 13 at Massachusetts W, 74-71 1 26 1 6 7 7 2 3.5 1 0 4 -
Nov 16 at Rhode Island L, 76-74 1 31 1 4 5 4 1 4.0 1 0 1 0
Nov 21 at San Francisco L, 61-57 1 32 1 6 7 1 3 0.3 3 1 4 -
Nov 24 at St. Mary's (Cal.) W, 74-68 1 29 1 4 5 2 0 - 1 1 3 -
Nov 28 Holy Cross W, 73-62 1 25 4 4 8 3 5 0.6 0 1 2 -
Dec 1 at Siena L, 67-64 1 32 2 5 7 3 4 0.8 1 0 2 -
Dec 8 at Vermont L, 71-65 1 34 1 7 8 4 7 0.6 1 0 1 -
Dec 22 George Washington W, 75-61 1 18 2 6 8 2 3 0.7 0 0 3 -
Dec 29 vs. Mercer W, 71-67 1 33 3 4 7 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 -
Jan 2 at No. 15/15 North Carolina L, 77-57 1 26 1 10 11 1 3 0.3 1 2 3 -
Jan 6 McGill   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jan 12 at Dartmouth L, 81-63 1 34 3 3 6 3 2 1.5 1 2 3 -
Jan 21 at Howard W, 84-71 1 32 4 3 7 3 0 - 1 1 2 -
Jan 26 Dartmouth W, 64-59 1 34 1 11 12 1 0 - 0 0 1 -
Feb 1 Yale W, 65-49 1 34 0 7 7 1 0 - 0 0 0 0
Feb 2 Brown W, 68-47 1 29 2 3 5 1 1 1.0 2 0 0 0
Feb 8 Columbia W, 98-96 1 43 4 6 10 0 3 0.0 0 0 2 -
Feb 9 Cornell L, 67-61 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 15 at Princeton W, 78-69 1 37 1 6 7 2 0 - 1 0 1 -
Feb 16 at Penn W, 75-68 1 37 3 8 11 0 5 0.0 2 0 1 -
Feb 22 at Brown L, 88-79 1 15 0 4 4 1 2 0.5 1 0 2 -
Feb 23 at Yale W, 88-86 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mar 1 Penn W, 59-53 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mar 2 Princeton W, 66-58 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mar 8 at Cornell L, 72-59 - 12 0 1 1 0 1 0.0 0 1 2 -
Mar 9 at Columbia W, 83-81 - 10 0 2 2 0 0 - 0 0 1 -
Mar 16 vs. Penn W, 66-58 - 28 2 3 5 2 1 2.0 1 1 2 -
Mar 17 vs. Yale L, 97-85 - 18 2 2 4 1 1 1.0 0 0 3 0
Mar 20 at Georgetown W, 71-68 1 33 2 4 6 2 4 0.5 0 0 1 0
Mar 24 at NC State   - - - - - - - - - - - -
  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 26 22 28.2 3.1-6.3 49.1 1.0-3.2 32.9 1.9-3.2 59.5 9.1
Total 84 69 29.7 2.5-5.1 49.5 1.0-2.6 38.5 1.7-2.4 72.2 7.8
  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 26 22 734 80-163 49.1 27-82 32.9 50-84 59.5 237
Total 84 69 2495 212-428 49.5 84-218 38.5 143-198 72.2 651
  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 26 22 28.2 4.4-8.9 49.1 1.5-4.5 32.9 2.7-4.6 59.5 12.9
Total 84 69 29.7 3.4-6.9 49.5 1.3-3.5 38.5 2.3-3.2 72.2 10.4
  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 26 22 28.2 1.7 5.0 6.6 2.0 0.0 1.8 2.0 0.9 0.9 0.4
Total 84 69 29.7 1.2 4.5 5.7 2.1 0.0 2.0 1.9 1.0 1.0 0.2
  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 26 22 734 43 129 172 51 0 48 53 0.9 23 10
Total 84 69 2495 102 377 479 175 4 167 161 1.0 81 15
  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 26 22 28.2 2.3 7.0 9.4 2.8 0.0 2.6 2.9 0.9 1.3 0.5
Total 84 69 29.7 1.6 6.0 7.7 2.8 0.1 2.7 2.6 1.0 1.3 0.2
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
Total 26 22 28.2 3.1-6.3 49.1 1.0-3.2 32.9 1.9-3.2 59.5 9.1
Conference 10 8 28.5 2.4-5.2 46.2 1.1-3.0 36.7 2.1-3.0 70.0 8.0
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Home 8 8 29.4 3.5-6.6 52.8 1.2-3.2 38.5 1.9-3.0 62.5 10.1
Away 15 13 28.0 3.1-6.1 51.1 1.1-3.1 34.8 2.1-3.5 59.6 9.4
Neutral 3 1 26.3 1.7-6.0 27.8 0.3-3.3 10.0 1.3-2.7 50.0 5.0
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Wins 16 14 29.2 2.9-5.9 49.5 1.4-3.5 39.3 2.2-3.4 63.6 9.4
Losses 10 8 26.7 3.3-6.8 48.5 0.5-2.6 19.2 1.5-2.9 51.7 8.6
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November 7 7 27.9 3.7-6.1 60.5 1.0-2.4 41.2 2.0-3.1 63.6 10.4
December 4 4 29.3 3.8-8.8 42.9 1.0-4.0 25.0 2.2-5.0 45.0 10.8
January 4 4 31.5 2.2-6.5 34.6 1.0-4.0 25.0 1.8-3.8 46.7 7.3
February 6 6 32.5 3.7-6.3 57.9 1.8-3.5 52.4 2.7-3.5 76.2 11.8
March 5 1 20.2 1.6-4.2 38.1 0.2-2.4 8.3 0.8-1.2 66.7 4.2
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Total 26 22 734 80-163 49.1 27-82 32.9 50-84 59.5 237
Conference 10 8 285 24-52 46.2 11-30 36.7 21-30 70.0 80
Exhibition - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
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Home 8 8 235 28-53 52.8 10-26 38.5 15-24 62.5 81
Away 15 13 420 47-92 51.1 16-46 34.8 31-52 59.6 141
Neutral 3 1 79 5-18 27.8 1-10 10.0 4-8 50.0 15
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Wins 16 14 467 47-95 49.5 22-56 39.3 35-55 63.6 151
Losses 10 8 267 33-68 48.5 5-26 19.2 15-29 51.7 86
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November 7 7 195 26-43 60.5 7-17 41.2 14-22 63.6 73
December 4 4 117 15-35 42.9 4-16 25.0 9-20 45.0 43
January 4 4 126 9-26 34.6 4-16 25.0 7-15 46.7 29
February 6 6 195 22-38 57.9 11-21 52.4 16-21 76.2 71
March 5 1 101 8-21 38.1 1-12 8.3 4-6 66.7 21
  gp gs min/g fg/40 pct 3pt/40 pct ft/40 pct pts/40
Total 26 22 28.2 4.4-8.9 49.1 1.5-4.5 32.9 2.7-4.6 59.5 12.9
Conference 10 8 28.5 3.4-7.3 46.2 1.5-4.2 36.7 2.9-4.2 70.0 11.2
Exhibition - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Home 8 8 29.4 4.8-9.0 52.8 1.7-4.4 38.5 2.6-4.1 62.5 13.8
Away 15 13 28.0 4.5-8.8 51.1 1.5-4.4 34.8 3.0-5.0 59.6 13.4
Neutral 3 1 26.3 2.5-9.1 27.8 0.5-5.1 10.0 2.0-4.1 50.0 7.6
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Wins 16 14 29.2 4.0-8.1 49.5 1.9-4.8 39.3 3.0-4.7 63.6 12.9
Losses 10 8 26.7 4.9-10.2 48.5 0.7-3.9 19.2 2.2-4.3 51.7 12.9
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November 7 7 27.9 5.3-8.8 60.5 1.4-3.5 41.2 2.9-4.5 63.6 15.0
December 4 4 29.3 5.1-12.0 42.9 1.4-5.5 25.0 3.1-6.8 45.0 14.7
January 4 4 31.5 2.9-8.3 34.6 1.3-5.1 25.0 2.2-4.8 46.7 9.2
February 6 6 32.5 4.5-7.8 57.9 2.3-4.3 52.4 3.3-4.3 76.2 14.6
March 5 1 20.2 3.2-8.3 38.1 0.4-4.8 8.3 1.6-2.4 66.7 8.3
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
Total 26 22 28.2 1.7 5.0 6.6 2.0 0.0 1.8 2.0 0.9 0.9 0.4
Conference 10 8 28.5 1.4 5.1 6.5 1.3 0.0 0.9 1.4 0.6 0.7 0.3
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 8 8 29.4 1.9 5.9 7.8 1.8 0.0 1.4 2.0 0.7 0.8 0.1
Away 15 13 28.0 1.4 4.9 6.3 2.1 0.0 2.2 2.3 1.0 1.0 0.5
Neutral 3 1 26.3 2.3 3.0 5.3 2.0 0.0 1.3 1.0 1.3 0.7 0.3
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Wins 16 14 29.2 1.9 5.3 7.1 1.8 0.0 1.8 1.7 1.1 0.7 0.3
Losses 10 8 26.7 1.3 4.5 5.8 2.3 0.0 1.9 2.6 0.7 1.2 0.6
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November 7 7 27.9 1.4 4.9 6.3 2.9 0.0 2.9 2.1 1.3 1.4 0.4
December 4 4 29.3 2.0 5.5 7.5 1.8 - 2.5 3.8 0.7 0.8 0.0
January 4 4 31.5 2.3 6.8 9.0 2.3 - 2.0 1.3 1.6 0.8 1.3
February 6 6 32.5 1.7 5.7 7.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 1.8 0.5 1.0 0.0
March 5 1 20.2 1.2 2.4 3.6 1.8 0.0 1.0 1.4 0.7 0.2 0.4
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
Total 26 22 734 43 129 172 51 0 48 53 0.9 23 10
Conference 10 8 285 14 51 65 13 0 9 14 0.6 7 3
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 8 8 235 15 47 62 14 0 11 16 0.7 6 1
Away 15 13 420 21 73 94 31 0 33 34 1.0 15 8
Neutral 3 1 79 7 9 16 6 0 4 3 1.3 2 1
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Wins 16 14 467 30 84 114 28 0 29 27 1.1 11 4
Losses 10 8 267 13 45 58 23 0 19 26 0.7 12 6
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November 7 7 195 10 34 44 20 0 20 15 1.3 10 3
December 4 4 117 8 22 30 7 - 10 15 0.7 3 0
January 4 4 126 9 27 36 9 - 8 5 1.6 3 5
February 6 6 195 10 34 44 6 0 5 11 0.5 6 0
March 5 1 101 6 12 18 9 0 5 7 0.7 1 2
  gp gs mpg off/40 def/40 reb/40 pf/40 dq/40 ast/40 to/40 a/to stl/40 blk/40
Total 26 22 28.2 2.3 7.0 9.4 2.8 0.0 2.6 2.9 0.9 1.3 0.5
Conference 10 8 28.5 2.0 7.2 9.1 1.8 0.0 1.3 2.0 0.6 1.0 0.4
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 8 8 29.4 2.6 8.0 10.6 2.4 0.0 1.9 2.7 0.7 1.0 0.2
Away 15 13 28.0 2.0 7.0 9.0 3.0 0.0 3.1 3.2 1.0 1.4 0.8
Neutral 3 1 26.3 3.5 4.6 8.1 3.0 0.0 2.0 1.5 1.3 1.0 0.5
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Wins 16 14 29.2 2.6 7.2 9.8 2.4 0.0 2.5 2.3 1.1 0.9 0.3
Losses 10 8 26.7 1.9 6.7 8.7 3.4 0.0 2.8 3.9 0.7 1.8 0.9
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November 7 7 27.9 2.1 7.0 9.0 4.1 0.0 4.1 3.1 1.3 2.1 0.6
December 4 4 29.3 2.7 7.5 10.3 2.4 0.0 3.4 5.1 0.7 1.0 0.0
January 4 4 31.5 2.9 8.6 11.4 2.9 0.0 2.5 1.6 1.6 1.0 1.6
February 6 6 32.5 2.1 7.0 9.0 1.2 0.0 1.0 2.3 0.5 1.2 0.0
March 5 1 20.2 2.4 4.8 7.1 3.6 0.0 2.0 2.8 0.7 0.4 0.8
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