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Men’s basketball on a roll

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Coach Tommy Amaker and his Harvard men’s basketball team began the second half of their breakout season with a 15-2 record and the University’s first national ranking in the sport. The passionate group of young men, led by captains Keith Wright ’12 and Oliver McNally ’12, has been playing in front of boisterous, sell-out crowds in Lavietes Pavilion. The team’s sweet dreams for the rest of the season would include winning an Ivy League crown and gaining an NCAA playoff berth.

Nationally ranked for the first time in college history, the Harvard men’s basketball team lined up on the foul line for the pre-game playing of the National Anthem. The Crimson continued their winning streak, beating Dartmouth, 63-47, on Jan. 7, extending their storybook season. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard’s Laurent Rivard looks around for help as he dribbles on his knees after grabbing a loose ball — and eluding the whistle. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Brandyn Curry’s three-point play helped Harvard take the lead in the second half. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Throngs of Harvard students attended the game, which was close until the Crimson came alive in the second half, outscoring the Big Green. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard’s Brandyn Curry (left) fights for a loose ball. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
During halftime, Harvard students like Alaina Murphy (center) shot from the foul line in hopes of winning a free pizza. She missed. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Another fan, Nicole Sliva, sunk the basketball and won the pizza. Celebrating behind her is Magda Robak. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard’s Christian Webster (left) and Keith Wright squeeze out a Dartmouth player as all three vie for the rebound. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Crimson Head Coach Tommy Amaker led his team into the polls as a top 25 nationally ranked team for the first time in school history earlier this season. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Brandyn Curry helped the Crimson offensively and defensively as they shut down Dartmouth. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard President Drew Faust was at the game, which was Harvard's second sellout of the season. She and husband Charles Rosenberg (far left) sat in new courtside seats that were added along with a new press box, both built to accommodate the growing interest in the program. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Wesley Saunders (left) and Matt Brown greeted young fans after the game in Lavietes Pavilion. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
After the game, players convened to autograph photos for fans. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
A Harvard player gives a low-five to a young fan waiting in line to have a team photograph signed. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
In a Jan. 24 round against George Washington University, Harvard men won, 69-48, as they continued their charge toward the Ivy league title and an NCAA berth. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Kenyatta Smith (left) and Jonah Travis (center) attack a loose ball under the net. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard's Steve Moundou-Missi dunks one, and hangs on. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
The Harvard bench, including coach Tommy Amaker (left), get enthused after Moundou-Missi's dunk. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard's Laurent Rivard falls into the bench… Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
But he gets by with a little help from his teammates. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Rivard even gets high-fived after drawing the foul Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Hot and bothered: The Harvard bench contests the ref's call. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Young fans enjoy the show. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds (right) enjoyed a courtside seat. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Coach Tommy Amaker closely observes his nationally ranked team. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Whoop, there it is! The team gets pumped as the game heats up. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
The score with three and a half minutes remaining says it all, as Harvard's season continues to flourish. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer