Gamecenter: Harvard 70, Yale 83

1st 2nd Final
Harvard (6-15, 1-4 Ivy) 28 42 70
Yale (8-11, 2-3 Ivy) 44 39 83
Lee Amphitheater – New Haven, CT Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence A pair of Brad Unger free throws brought Harvard within a single point at 24-23 with just under seven minutes to play before halftime. However, Travis Pinick put back Alex Zampier’s miss, then Eric Flato came up with a steal and Caleb Holmes converted a fastbreak layup. Garrett Fiddler then blocked Kyle Fitzgerald’s jumper, and Caleb Holmes struck from long range for an eight-point Bulldog lead. Dan McGeary couldn’t respond in kind, and Pinick grabbed his own miss to keep the Yale possession alive, and Flato eventually hit one of two at the line. Evan Harris stopped the bleeding with a bucket in close, and after the two teams swapped turnovers, Zampier connected on a three-pointer for a double-digit lead for Yale. Çem Dinç hit one of two free throws 90 seconds later, but a Michael Sands layup at the 1:17 mark capped off a 15-3 run for the home team resulted in a 39-26 lead for the Bulldogs. The Crimson wouldn’t get within single digits again the rest of the way.
Key sign it was over Harvard was down 77-67 after two Drew Housman free throws, but Zampier got a pair of foul shots to answer back with 3:15 remaining. Harris went 1-for-2 at the line, and the Crimson had a chance to crawl closer, but two turnovers and a missed Housman layup were all it could muster in its next three possessions, and eventually Porter Braswell’s layup made it 81-68 with 1:32 to play. Caleb Holmes then came up with a steal, and Braswell struck again from close range to put away the game, with the Bulldogs up by 15 and just over a minute on the clock.
Key performance Zampier had an outstanding game after moving into a starting role, leading Yale with a career-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He also pulled down six rebounds, dished out six assists, and swiped three steals, along with a block in 29 minutes with just one turnovers.
Key statistic The Bulldogs had a big edge inside, where they outscored the Crimson 46-26 in the paint. Yale shot 25 of 42 (59.5 percent) inside the arc, while Harvard was 17 of 31 (54.8 percent).

– Harris was the game’s top scorer with 23 points, while Andrew Pusar had 14 and Unger added 11 for Harvard.

– Five Yale players scored in double digits, with Caleb Holmes (16 points), Braswell, (12) Nick Holmes (11), and Flato (11) joining Zampier.

– The Bulldogs only committed one fewer turnover (20) than the Crimson (21), but had a big 27-15 edge in points off turnovers, thanks to 14 steals.

– Yale dominated on the boards, rebounding at 41.7 percent offensively and holding Harvard to 17.2 percent at its offensive end, but this only resulted in a 15-10 advantage for the hosts in second-chance scoring.

– The Crimson was able to keep things respectable largely due to a big edge in free throws, where it was 24 of 31 (77.4 percent), compared to just 9 of 14 (64.3 percent) for the Bulldogs.

– Harvard will visit Brown in front of the YES Network cameras, and Yale welcomes Dartmouth to New Haven on Saturday, February 9, with both contests tipping off at 7:00 pm ET.

Jake Wilson

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