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Alexander K. Bell

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Smooth Simon
Year in Sports

‘Everybody’s Kind of Blue’: Harvard’s Last-Second Loss to Brown is the Heartbreak of the Year

The Harvard football team’s loss against nemesis Yale, which resulted in the team having to split the Ivy League title three ways, might seem like an apt choice for the Heartbreak of the Year. But the football team still shared a slice of the conference title. The men’s basketball team wasn’t so lucky.

Mack Madness
Year in Sports

One-and-Fun: With Season for the Ages, Malik Mack Wins Male Rookie of Year

Malik Mack loves to operate under pressure. And many times this season, Harvard men’s basketball Head Coach Tommy Amaker has asked Mack to do just that, putting the ball in his hands and trusting him to make the right plays when it matters most.

Mack Madness
Men's Basketball

Star Harvard Guard Malik Mack Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Harvard men’s basketball guard Malik Mack entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Chisom Gets Some (Points)
Men's Basketball

Officially Eliminated from Postseason Contention, Harvard Falls at Yale 80-60

Harvard men’s basketball (14-12, 5-8 Ivy) traveled south to New Haven on Friday night after a heartbreaking 71-68 overtime loss to Brown (11-17, 7-6 Ivy) that effectively ended the Crimson’s postseason hopes. After playing a grueling 45 minutes against the Bears, Harvard faced an arguably even more challenging opponent in first-place competitors Yale (20-8, 11-2 Ivy), and ultimately fell 80-60.

Mack Madness
Breaking Sports

Harvard Loses Overtime Heartbreaker to Brown in Game With Major Playoff Implications

Harvard men’s basketball (14-11, 5-7 Ivy) stormed back from a 17 point deficit to force overtime against Brown (9-17, 5-6 Ivy), only to lose 71-68 in a heartbreaker that dampens the Crimson’s chances to secure the fourth seed in the Ivy League tournament.

Crimson basketball takes flight
Men's Basketball

Continuing Postseason Charge, Men’s Basketball Goes 1-1 Against Princeton, Penn

After falling short of an upset win against a dominant Princeton (21-3, 9-2 Ivy) team, Saturday night’s game against Penn (10-16, 2-9 Ivy) became of increased importance for the Crimson. Despite giving up a 17 point second half lead to enter the final five minutes of the game tied, 64-64, the Crimson pulled out a clutch win to remain in control of its postseason fate.

Crimson Competition
Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Falls to Cornell, Secures Crucial Victory Against Columbia

Harvard returned home from its weekend road trip more or less the same way it left, tied for fourth place in the Ivy League with rivals Columbia. The Crimson, however, now hold a crucial tiebreaker over the Lions, after storming back from nine-points down late in the second half to secure a 80-75 victory and complete a 2-0 season sweep.

Post Pass
Men's Basketball

Harvard Men’s Basketball Dominates Dartmouth 77-59, Improves to 3-4 in Ivy League Play

The Harvard men's basketball team clinched a decisive 77-59 win against the Dartmouth Big Green (5-15, 1-6 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon. The victory secured the team's fourth place standing in the Ivy Leage, seeing the program tied with Cornell.

Defense on Denham
Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Comes Back Against Columbia, 62-59, Overpowered by Cornell, 89-76

In the first weekend of back-to-back Ivy League games for the Crimson, Harvard came from behind against Columbia (11-8, 2-4 Ivy) to secure its second win in Ivy League play against a key rival, 62-59. In the second game of the weekend, Harvard was ultimately unable to keep up with the Big Red in the second half, who pulled away with its unique fast-paced style of play to return to Ithaca with a 89-76 win.

Defense on Denham
Men's Basketball

Harvard Men’s Basketball Unable to Contain Yale, Drops Fourth Ivy Contest 78-65

Coming off its first conference win, Harvard (10-6, 1-2) looked to continue its hot streak against historic rival Yale (12-6, 3-0) to begin its four game homestand. After an even first half, Yale’s shooters shut the door on Harvard's hopes of victory with a 78-65 win.

Justice Is Served
Men's Basketball

Harvard Men’s Basketball Comeback Comes Up Just Short, Falls to Brown 74-72

Despite rallying back from a deficit as great as 19 points to make it a single possession game, Harvard men’s basketball was unable to avoid a 74-72 defeat to Brown (5-12, 1-1 Ivy) in its Ivy home opener on Monday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Okpara Stepback
Men's Basketball

Harvard Men’s Basketball Drops Ivy League Opener in 30-Point Loss to Princeton

Harvard men’s basketball fell on the road to Princeton, 89-58, on Saturday afternoon in its Ivy League opener. The Tigers (13-1, 1-0 Ivy) showed why they were selected as preseason Ivy League favorites as they continued a strong start to the season.

Post Pass
Previews

Battling Injuries, Harvard Men’s Basketball Seeks to Continue Strong Start in Ivy League Opener

Harvard men’s Basketball opens its 2023-2024 Ivy League campaign Saturday on the road against defending champions Princeton, a major first test for the Crimson as it begins conference play.

The Madness
Men's Basketball

Star First-Year Guard Malik Mack Out Indefinitely to Mononucleosis

Harvard first-year guard Malik Mack is out indefinitely due to mononucleosis, head coach Tommy Amaker announced on Thursday. Mack, who ranks first nationwide among freshmen in points per game, has been highly influential for the Crimson so far, leading the team in points, assists, and steals while winning the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award for three consecutive weeks to start the season.

Chisom It Away
Men's Basketball

Harvard Men’s Basketball Defeats Colgate, American, Battles Indiana, Loyola on the Road

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.

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