On Saturday, Dec. 31, the men’s basketball team (10–4 overall, 1–0 Ivy League) hosted the Harvard Crimson (9–6 overall, 0–1 Ivy League) for day one of Ivy League games. was broken. The Tigers won 69–66 in a back-and-forth matchup that featured 11 lead changes.
When Harvard and Princeton go head-to-head on the basketball court, a nail-biter like this has almost become to be expected. The Tigers swept his series last season, but both of his two games against Harvard were inconclusive. The Tigers are reigning senior forwards and Ivy League Player of the Year Tosan Ebb Omwan, now senior forwards, to beat the Crimson at Cambridge. Won 74-73.
The Crimson started their first matchup of the season with five unanswered points. Much of the first half was a back-and-forth affair as the team settled into the rhythm of the game.
Crimson senior forward Chris Redlum led all scorers with 12 points in the first half, deftly evaded defenders and used his strength and size to finish the play. The Tigers don’t usually outperform the likes of EFBumwan and 6-foot-9-inch senior forward Keyshawn Kelman in the paint, but Redlum gave the Tigers a real test, posting 22 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and three 10-foot caps. Leading all other players in all categories.
“He’s a problem. ‘He’s very physical, he’s a great scorer. He scored around the basket late in the game and scored a huge three…he really made his presence felt.’ ”
As a team, the Tigers shot only 36.7% from the field. Despite the low percentage and Redlum’s offensive success, the Tigers did enough to bring it close to the break. , faced a deficit of just 1 point.
The second half began with almost even scoring, but three straight buckets, including two 3-pointers from first-year forward Caden Pierce, gave the Tigers an eight-point cushion with 9:01 remaining.
Senior guard Ryan Langbourg’s 3 extended the lead to 12 with 5:33 remaining and the lead was the biggest of the game, but Redrum responded with a 3 of his own on the ensuing possession to cut the Tiger for a 7-0 Crimson game. I lit the orchid. Only 5 points left with 4:08 remaining.
Peters scored the final five points for the Tigers and led the team with 13 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
“He was great,” Henderson said. “He was just as good at making shots, but he was just as good on defense.”
“It’s a role I’m very comfortable in,” Peters told ‘Prince’ when asked about coming off the bench. The defense is very focused on Tosan, Matt and Ryan, so we can play within ourselves and take the scoring pressure off them. is up to me and the other rotation players.”
Henderson believes bench scoring for players like Peters will be critical to Ivy League success.
“To be successful in the league, you need a balanced scoring system,” he said. “We were able to find contributions above and below the lineup.”
The Crimson had one last chance to tie the game by turning the ball up to Ledlum, who were three points behind with 0:05 remaining, but Pierce high-pointed the ball to score the game-winning steal.
The Tigers are happy to start the new conference season with a victory over their rivals, but Henderson knows that the road to another regular-season Ivy League title will be a long one.
“Obviously the league is very tough,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is unbeaten, but winning at home is very important when so many games are played.”
The Tigers will compete in the following four contests, starting with a trip to New York for their January 6 matchup against the Columbia Lions (6-10 overall, 1-0 Ivy League), who have just come off an upset victory. I’m leaving for Yale Bulldogs (10–4 overall, Ivy League 0–1).
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