Ivy hoops roundup: Thanksgiving break

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Harvard forward Wesley Saunders was the Ivy Player of the Year a season ago, and the senior star has wasted no time establishing himself as the favorite to retain that honor in 2014-15.

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Harvard (4-1)

Harvard dominated Houston on Nov. 25, winning 84-63 behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from Wesley Saunders. Steve Moundou-Missi added 14 points and 14 boards. The Crimson were tested to a far greater extent on Saturday against UMass, but Saunders’ 27 points led Tommy Amaker’s squad to a 75-73 victory.

Yale (6-2)

Yale had a busy second weekend, playing three games in as many days. The Bulldogs continued their hot start to the season with a weekend sweep, beating UIC, Illinois State and Kent State. Star forward Justin Sears scored 45 points over the three contests. Yale lost for just the second time this year on the road against Providence on Friday, but that game was sandwiched between two more wins at the expense of Lafayette and Hartford.

Princeton (2-5)

Spencer Weisz put up 22 points, but Hans Brase and the rest of the Tigers struggled on Nov. 22 as Princeton fell 79-68 to Incarnate Word. Princeton also dropped games against UTEP and San Diego before getting a much needed win against San Jose State on Sunday.

Dartmouth (1-3)

Connor Boehm’s three at the buzzer gave Dartmouth a victory over IPFW, but the Big Green got a taste of their own medicine in their next game when Daniel Dion’s shot in the final seconds gave New Hampshire a 65-63 win over its in-state rivals.

Columbia (4-1)

Columbia has looked good in its recent matchups, beating Lehigh 54-44 on Nov. 23 before beating Fairleigh Dickerson two days later with a score of 57-47. Jeff Coby had 16 points off the bench in the first contest, while Kyle Castlin led the way with 19 in the second matchup. After a few days off, the Lions beat American in the Big Apple on Saturday behind 20 points from Maodo Lo.

Cornell (4-4)

Cornell lost a couple of nail-biters last weekend, falling 72-71 to Penn State and then 61-59 to Drexel. Galal Cancer averaged 14 points per contest, but it wasn’t enough to help the Big Red pull out a win in either game. Cornell may have found its footing this weekend, however, after the squad managed to notch wins against Canisius and Binghamton.

Brown (3-5)

Brown was abused on defense in its second week, giving up 78 points in a 12-point loss to Indiana State before allowing 89 in a 21-point beatdown at the hands of Illinois. Leland King had 25 points in the first game, while Steven Spieth, who averaged a whopping 37.5 minutes over the two contests, poured in 21 in the second game. The Bears then allowed 79 points in a Thanksgiving loss to Austin Peay, but the squad bounced back with wins over Prairie View and Johnson & Wales.


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