Gamecenter: Harvard 85, Cornell 79

1st 2nd Final
Harvard (12-15, 5-8 Ivy) 37 48 85
Cornell (15-12, 8-5 Ivy) 43 36 79
Newman Arena – Ithaca, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Jim Goffredo stuck a three-pointer with 3:19 left to break a tie and put Harvard up 74-71. Andrew Naeve drew a foul in the post to draw Cornell within one, and after a Jeremy Lin miss, Ryan Wittman got his 23rd and 24th points of the night at the line to put the Big Red back on top. However, the lead was shortlived, as Housman got inside for a bucket and foul, hitting the free throw with 1:38 left to give Harvard the 77-75 edge. Louis Dale equalized on a play where he grabbed his own miss that appeared to touch only the net, laying it in to knot the game at 77 with 1:12 on the clock. However, Brad Unger drilled a three with 62 seconds left for a three-point Crimson advantage, then the Harvard big man came up with a steal at the other end with 42 ticks on the clock.
Key sign it was over Down three with not much of a differential between the game and shot clocks, the Big Red was forced to foul intentionally. Cornell sent Unger to the line, where the junior hit both attempts. A Geoff Reeves three-point attempt drew nothing but air, and Goffredo went 1-for-2 at the stripe to make it a six-point game. Dale rushed it downcourt and got a quick layup, but Goffredo answered with two free throws to make is a six-point contest. When Dale’s three-pointer was off the mark with 12 ticks left, a season sweep by the Crimson became inevitable.
Key performance In his penultimate college game, Goffredo had one of his best games in a Harvard uniform, pouring in 32 points on 9-for-15 shooting — including 7 of 10 from behind the three-point arc. The senior guard also went 7-for-8 from the line, including three of four clutch free throw attempts down the stretch.
Key statistic Perimeter shooting had been a weakness for Harvard all season, but on Friday they outshot a team known for its outside game. Led by Goffredo and Housman combining to go 10 of 15 from three, the Crimson finished 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) on three-pointer as a team. Not even a 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) performance by the Big Red could keep pace with the torrid shooting by the visitors.

– Houmsan also had an excellent game for Harvard, scoring 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting and assiding seven assists and a pair of steals.

– Wittman led the way with 24 points on 8-for-12 shoooting — 6 of 9 from three — for Cornell, while Reeves had a breakout game with 16 points in 28 minutes off the bench.

– Harvard limited Cornell to just 5 of 27 (18.5 percent) rebounds at its offensive end, and Frank Sullivan’s team had a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points.

– The Big Red only lost the turnover battle 11-9, but the Crimson outscored its hosts 23-10 in points off turnovers.

– Like the first meeting, there were not many free throws, with Harvard going 11-for-14 at the stripe and Cornell hitting all seven attempts from the charity stripe.

– The Crimson will look to end its season on a three-game winning streak and possibly pull into a tie for fourth place when it travels to Manhattan to face Columbia (15-12, 6-7 Ivy) on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 pm ET, while the Big Red hosts Dartmouth (9-17, 4-9 Ivy) at Newman Arena.

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