Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second Friday-Saturday back-to-back sets up as "separation weekend" as Ivy League men's basketball moves into a February frenzy.
Harvard's homestand continues with a consecutive contests against the two teams -- Brown (11-7, 3-1 Ivy) and Yale (9-9, 3-1 Ivy) -- that sit just one game behind the Crimson (17-3, 4-0 Ivy League) atop the standings. Harvard holds the sixth-longest home winning steak in the nation having won its last 19 in a row at Lavietes Pavilion. The Bears are off to their best start in Ivy play since 2003-04 and the Bulldogs enter the week winners of four of their last five games.
With its home sweep of Penn and Princeton, Dartmouth (9-9. 2-2 Ivy) looks to build on its momentum at Leede Arena also hosting Yale and Brown. The Big Green sits at .500 this late in the season for the first time since the completion of the 1998-99 campaign when the team closed with a 14-12 record. Columbia (13-8, 2-2 Ivy) looks to rebound but has tough road tests at Princeton (12-5, 0-3 Ivy) and Penn (4-13, 1-2 Ivy), two teams also anxious to shake off winless weekends.
Cornell (1-17, 0-4) comes into its road games with the Quakers
and Tigers still in search of its elusive first win over a Division
I opponent this season and its first road win in 13 games dating
back to last season.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior forward John Golden (Freehold, N.J.) played an integral role in the Big Green's first home weekend sweep of Penn and Princeton in 25 years. First against Penn, Golden came up big in the second half when he scored 11 of Dartmouth's 15 points during a six-minute stretch to turn a two-point deficit into a 10-point lead with under six minutes to play. The next night vs. Princeton, he scored a career-high 19 points, including a two-minute stretch in which he scored seven-straight points to maintain a six-point lead with five minutes to play.
Golden's Statistics for the Week
Yale sophomore forward Justin Sears (Plainfield, N.J.) helped the Bulldogs sweep the Columbia-Cornell home weekend for the third time in the last four years. Against Columbia, Sears’ alley-oop dunk with 3:22 remaining was one the biggest baskets of the game as it gave Yale a five-point lead and was the start of a 10-3 run that put the game away. The next night against Cornell, he posted his fifth double-double of the season with six of his rebounds coming on the offensive end.
Sears' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman guard Steven Spieth (Dallas) stepped up in the Bears' wins over Cornell and Columbia. Against Cornell with Brown's starting backcourt in foul trouble, Spieth poured in a career-high 18 points on an almost perfect shooting night (5-of-5 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free thrown line). He scored five points and pulled down four rebounds against Columbia, despite being in foul trouble throughout.
Spieth's Statistics for the Week
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists at Harvard
16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals at Dartmouth
Devin Cherry, Cornell (Jr., G - Meridian, Miss.)
13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists at Brown
19 points, 2 rebounds at Yale
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)
16 points, 1 rebound at Brown
29 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals at Yale
Maodo Lo, Columbia (So., G - Berlin)
13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals at Yale
13 points, 5 rebounds at Brown
Rafael Maia, Brown (Jr., F - Sao Paulo)
5 points, 6 rebounds vs. Cornell
18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Columbia
Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Sr., G - Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada)
18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals vs. Princeton
22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Penn
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F - Los Angeles)
24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals vs. Princeton
9 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists vs. Penn
Friday, February 7
*Brown at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, February 8
*Cornell at Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
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