Men's Hoops Set to Visit Yale and Brown This Week

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will close out its five-game Ivy League road trip this week as it faces Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The contest vs. the Bulldogs, who are receiving votes in both major top-25 polls, is set for 5 p.m., and will air on ESPNU. The Crimson's clash with the Bears, meanwhile, will tip at 6 p.m., on ESPN+.

How to Follow
Broadcast: at Yale - ESPNU | at Brown - ESPN+International Stream
Live Stats: at Yale | at Brown
Game Notes: at Yale/at Brown
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• Harvard, which won six straight road games entering last week's action, will look to stop a two-game skid after losing a pair of heartbreakers at Penn (ot-L, 75-72) and Princeton (L, 70-69). The Crimson fell behind by double digits early in both contests, but rallied each time, giving itself a chance to win in the late stages. 

• In the game at Penn, Harvard trailed, 24-5, with 12:56 left in the first half and then went on to outscore the Quakers, 67-51, the rest of the way. The Crimson forced overtime when Noah Kirkwood hit a fall-away 12-footer with 1.7 seconds left and the sophomore nearly tied the game for a second time in OT, but his three-point attempt was off the mark.

• At Princeton, Harvard found itself behind, 15-13, and then surrendered a 16-2 run, putting itself in a 31-15 hole with 8:49 remaining in the opening half. The Crimson trailed by as many as 11 points with 3:35 left, but responded with nine unanswered points en route to a 13-1 run. The 12th and 13th points were off a 1-and-1 situation by Noah Kirkwood, leading to a 69-68 lead with 15.2 seconds on the game clock. Harvard blocked consecutive Princeton shots at the rim, but was whistled for a foul on the third try. The Tigers made both free throws to take a 70-69 lead with 3.9 seconds remaining. Christian Juzang's trey at the horn, however, missed.

• Harvard, which is 8-2 in its last 10 games, received solid contributions from seniors Chris Lewis, Christian Juzang and Justin Bassey during the Penn-Princeton trip. Lewis averaged 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, a Crimson-best 3.0 blocked shots and 1.5 steals, with Juzang adding 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Bassey, meanwhile, filled the stat sheet with 9.5 points, a team-best 8.5 rebounds, a team-high 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

Noah Kirkwood led Harvard in scoring during its road swing last week by averaging 16.0 points on 50 percent shooting (12-24). After a scoreless first half at Penn in which he missed all five attempts, the sophomore rebounded to make 12 of his 19 shots from the floor (.632) en route to 32 points for the rest of the trip, including a season-high 21-point effort against the Tigers.

• Despite Harvard's most recent road struggles, the Crimson owns the Ivy League's top road winning percentage at .667 (6-3), and its six road victories are tied for the 20th most in Division I this season (through Feb. 4).

At The Helm
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker is on the Harvard sidelines for his 13th season. The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball has directed the Crimson to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 18-19) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 419-276 career record: 243-137 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.