Harvard is no longer a school just for smarties, you know. Under Tommy Amaker, the Crimson have revived their basketball program, culminating in last year's NCAA Tournament appearance -- the first for the university since 1946. Along the way, they've had little resistance with local foes like Boston College.
The Crimson and Eagles, who will meet again on Tuesday night inside Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA, have met annually for the last four seasons, and those results have not benefitted Boston College. It all started with a surprising Crimson win over then Eagles coach Al Skinner and his declining Eagles, and the success continued into the Steve Donahue era. Harvard has won in a row in Chestnut Hill, including a 67-46 decision last season. However, BC still leads the all-time series (one which dates back to 1905-06) against Harvard, 32-13.
In their meeting one year ago, four Crimson players reached double-figures -- led by an 18-point performance from Laurent Rivard -- on the way to their blowout win. Corbin Miller scored 12 while Brandyn Curry had 11 points and Christian Webster finished with 11 points. Keith Wright (eight points, 11 rebounds) also had a solid evening. Dennis Clifford scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds for Boston College, which could only manage 40.9 percent shooting from the field (18-for-44) and committed 17 turnovers.
Boston College is 3-4 on the season and is coming off a 73-61 victory over the Penn St. Nittany Lions in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Olivier Hanlan had a career night, totaling 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Joe Rahon added 14 points and Andrew Van Nest scored nine points off the bench. Ryan Anderson, the team's leading scorer and rebounder who is still working his way back from a right ankle injury, had six points and nine boards for the Eagles.
Harvard enters Tuesday night at .500 at 3-3. In its last outing, a 73-64 win over Fordham, Wesley Saunders (Harvard's leading scorer; 15.8 PPG) scored a game-high 17 points to lead a Crimson offense that shot 42.2 percent. Jonah Travis had a double-double off the bench, totaling 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Tuesday night's game tips off at 7 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN3 and WEEI.
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