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Men’s basketball tames Terriers

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Crimson guard Patrick Harvey ’03 beats his Terrier counterpart to a loose ball. Harvey scored 17 points in the win. Earlier this season, Harvey broke the Harvard record for steals in a game with eight.

Although early foul trouble continues to be something of a problem for the Crimson men’s basketball team – it can also prove troublesome for opponents.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, for instance, senior captain Dan Clemente bounced back with 20 points after two early fouls forced him courtside in a game against Northeastern. Harvard won 88-65.

And in the Tuesday, Dec. 5, game against Boston University, Crimson sophomore guard Patrick Harvey returned with a vengeance after being saddled with three early fouls. In the second half, Harvey exploded for 15 of his team-leading 17 points. Final score: Harvard 76, B.U. 60.

In this, the Crimson’s first win over the Terriers since the ’92-93 season, sophomore guard Elliott Prasse-Freeman knocked down five three-pointers against B.U. Harvard shot a dazzling 52 percent from behind the arc, good for 12 tres. Junior guard Andrew Gellert also put in a well-rounded effort – scoring 10 points, dishing out five assists, and charting five steals. Gellert leads the team in steals with three a game. Captain Clemente, clamped down by the Terrier defense, managed 11 points.

Staff photos by Jon Chase

The win brings the team’s record to 3-2. The victory also marked the 100th Harvard coaching victory for mentor Frank Sullivan. In his last 138 games at the helm, Sullivan has coached the Crimson to a 75-63 record. In another milestone in the making, forward Dan Clemente moved into the 13th slot on Harvard’s all-time scoring list with Tuesday’s 11-point output. In addition, Clemente is just four three-pointers shy of overtaking record-holder Mike Gilmore ’96, who graduated with 167.

Harvard returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Colgate (3 p.m.). The Ivy League season commences on Saturday, Dec. 16, when Dartmouth pays a visit to Lavietes Pavilion. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Brady Merchant Brian Sigafoos Harvard sophomore guard Brady Merchant takes to the air and slams one home against Boston University Tuesday night. Harvard Center Brian Sigafoos ’04 acquires some valuable property after a short scuffle. Harvard Beat B.U., 76-60.