GAME NOTES: The Harvard Crimson kick off what is close to a month of road games this afternoon, as they take their perfect record to the Coors Events Center to face the Colorado Buffaloes.
Harvard, which doesn't play in front of the hometown crowd again until Dec. 21 versus Vermont, is off to a 4-0 start for the second time under head coach Tommy Amaker as the team defeated Bryant on Wednesday night in an 86-68 final at home. Back in 2011-12, the program began with eight straight victories and finished with a 26-5 mark overall.
As for Colorado, a team which is closing out a lengthy six-game homestand with today's meeting, it has rattled off five straight wins since opening with a 72-60 setback against Baylor. The latest win for the Buffaloes came three nights ago versus UC Santa Barbara, 76-68.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Buffs have won two of the previous three encounters, although the meeting three seasons ago was an 86-66 triumph for Harvard.
Against Bryant, the Crimson went from shooting 53.3 percent from the floor in the first half to 61.5 percent after the break, en route to the 18-point home win. Wesley Saunders led the way with a game-high 25 points, shooting 10-of-11 at the free-throw line, handing out five assists and pulling down four rebounds. Steve Moundou-Missi pitched in with 23 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, followed by Kyle Casey with 14 points.
Saunders currently leads a list of three, full-time, double-digit scorers with his 17.3 ppg, shooting not only 54.8 percent from the floor but also 83.3 percent at the charity stripe. Casey (10.8 ppg) and Moundou-Missi (10.3 ppg) provide ample support for Saunders as the program generates a hefty 80.8 ppg at the offensive end of the floor, as well as shuts down opponents by limiting them to a meager 17.3 percent beyond the arc and 55.2 ppg.
Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down all but one of his 15 free throws against UCSB on Thursday, finishing with 24 points. Askia Booker contributed 14 points, while Wesley Gordon and Xavier Johnson pitched in with nine apiece. The team shot just 4-of-18 beyond the arc in the meeting, but made up for it by outscoring the Gauchos at the charity stripe by a whopping 28-5 margin.
Dinwiddie (14.3 ppg) is shooting just 38.1 percent from the floor at the moment, which is actually lower than his accuracy beyond the arc (.389), but he somewhat makes up for it with 47-of-55 (.855) at the stripe and is first on the team with 19 assists and 11 steals, while leading the team in scoring as well. Josh Scott (12.7 ppg) and Booker (11.0 ppg) provide some offensive balance for the Buffs as well.
Harvard has the talent and experience to take down a number of opponents this season, but a lengthy road trip is not the best way to get that done. In addition, the previous teams to bow to the Crimson haven't exactly been world beaters, so this will be a huge test for the visitors.
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