Next for Harvard (14-5, 4-1 Ivy):
@ University of Pennsylvania (9-8, 3-0 Ivy)
When: Saturday, February 5th at 7pm
Where: The Palestra, Philadelphia, PA
Coverage: WHRB 95.3 FM in the Greater Boston Area, and streaming worldwide at www.whrb.org
Last night, the Harvard Crimson suffered a tough-fought loss to the Princeton Tigers. Despite jumping out to an early 12-2 lead, the Crimson were unable to maintain their momentum throughout. Key to the Tigers 65-61 victory was a 9-0 run coming out of the locker room after the first half. Harvard Keith Wright led the Crimson with 16 points and 11 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season. But both Wright and fellow big-man Kyle Casey were, to some extent, limited by foul trouble--although neither fouled out, each had accrued four violations by the halfway mark in the second half. The Crimson also struggled from long range, going only 3-16 (18.8%) from beyond the arc.
Tonight, the Cantabs need to rebound quickly against the University of Pennsylvania if they want to keep their Ivy League destiny in their own hands. A win against the Quakers would leave Princeton as the only undefeated team in the Ivy League, and tie Harvard with Penn for second place in the league. But the Quakers, a difficult start to the season notwithstanding, are coming off of their most lopsided division win since 2006 after dismantling the Dartmouth Big Green last night 78-47. Tyler Bernardini was 4-4 from the floor and led with 21 points, while Jack Eggleston notched his second-straight double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds). As a team, the Quakers shot an astonishing 62.5% from the floor, and also out-rebounded Dartmouth 34-18.