Harvard men’s basketball remained perfect at home on Wednesday after defeating American University, 80-75, before falling to Loyola Chicago, 75-53, on the road Saturday afternoon. The win against American marked the Crimson’s first game at home after completing a four game road trip, which included wins over University of Massachusetts and Colgate and losses to Boston College and Indiana.
After defeating local rivals Northeastern, 80-56 on Nov. 14, Harvard men’s basketball was off to a 3-0 start to the season for the first time since 2013. The Crimson led by a margin of as much as 37 points en route to the victory, with four players hitting double-digit point tallies. Since then, Harvard overcame the University of Massachusetts 78-75 in overtime before suffering its first loss of the season to Boston College on Saturday.
The Harvard men’s and women’s basketball teams will welcome crowds to Lavietes Pavilion for the first time this season on Friday, Oct. 13 for Crimson Madness. As both teams wrap up their pre-season preparation and await opening night on Nov. 6, the event will be an opportunity for players to show off their skills and compete against each other on the court.
Mufi Hannemann '76, pictured above, is a Harvard men's basketball alumnus and has had quite a career in the business and political worlds, serving as the Mayor of Honolulu for six years. Most recently, he has lead the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, which is the state's largest private tourism organization.
Few people know Mufi Hannemann ‘76 for his exploits as a basketball player. As an alum of the Harvard men’s basketball team, Hannemann has become a distinguished leader in both business and politics, working in three presidential administrations (Carter, Clinton, and Bush), serving as the Mayor of Honolulu for six years, and most recently leading the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Hawaii’s largest private tourism organization, as President and CEO, his second stint holding that post.
The wounds are still fresh for Harvard Men’s Basketball, who were barred from playing in the Ivy Madness tournament on home court last season after back-to-back losses against Princeton one year ago today. The second of those two games was a one-point 74-73 victory for the Tigers, who went on to lose to Yale in the Ivy Madness final.
Harvard men’s basketball kept its Ivy Madness tournament hopes alive this weekend. After suffering four consecutive losses, the Crimson (14-12, 5-7 Ivy) needed a pair of wins against already playoff-eliminated Columbia (7-20, 2-10 Ivy) and fourth-place Cornell (16-9, 6-6 Ivy) to remain in contention for the postseason.
Crimson fans in Lavietes Pavilion likely couldn’t help but feel a familiar sense of deja vu on Saturday as Harvard men’s basketball once again slipped into an early deficit, this time in a faceoff against Penn. In a pattern that has been typical of its past three games, the Crimson fell behind early. A reinvigorated second-half-rally cut led to a single three-point possession, but Harvard was unable to complete the comeback and fell behind again late to seal a fourth-consecutive loss.