College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, January 27, 2012
Earlier in the season, Harvard was ranked in the Top 25, rising to #22 in the January 2 AP poll when they were 12-1. Just a day later, the Crimson lost at Fordham, 60-54, and the dream was shattered by the pollsters, who voted Harvard off the Top 25 island the next week, where they continue to languish.
Undaunted and still looking like easily the best team out of the Ivy League, the Crimson have put together five straight wins, all by nine points or more, but none more impressive than their 65-35 rout of long-standing rival Yale, Friday night.
The game, played at Yale, before 2,522 fans in New Haven, CT, was about as one-sided an affair as the Crimson have dealt an opponent this season. Leading 30-19 at intermission, the Crimson poured on the defense, converting a total of 22 turnovers by the Bulldogs into a 35-16 second half and the laugher of a win.
Leading the offensive charge for Harvard was 6'5" sophomore guard, Laurent Rivard, who knocked down a game high 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
The rest was all Harvard defense, limiting Yale to just 32% shooting. Greg Mangano was the only player in double figures for Yale, with 17 points.
At 17-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference, the Crimson leads the 2-0 Penn Quakers by 1/2 game in the Ivy League. Their only other loss was at UConn, a 67-53 defeat to the Huskies.