GAME NOTES: The Harvard Crimson take a seven-game win streak into the New Year, as they square off with fellow Boston-based program Boston College in non-conference action on Wednesday.
Boston College, at 4-9 this season, lost on Saturday to Virginia Commonwealth at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 69-50, as part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival. The Eagles have lost two straight and five of their last six matchups.
Harvard will go for its eighth straight win against the Eagles at home. The Crimson are coming off a 94-86 victory at Fordham Saturday and looking for their 12th win of the season.
Boston College holds a commanding 32-14 all-time series lead, but Harvard has won each of the last five meetings with the Eagles.
The Eagles committed 23 turnovers against VCU and lost by 19 points to the Rams. Olivier Hanlon led Boston College with a game-high 17 points, including 10-for-14 from the free-throw line and 13 second-half points. Hanlon added five rebounds to his stat line. Ryan Anderson scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for a double-double in defeat. Hanlon and Anderson scored the Eagles' first eight points, helping Boston College out to an early 8-3 lead. VCU then went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to grab the lead. The Rams scored the last six points of the first half to take a 22-17 halftime lead. VCU scored six straight points out of the break and eventually never let Boston College back into the contest.
Hanlon and Anderson are the two scoring leaders for the Eagles this season. Hanlon enters the matchup with a healthy 19.8 ppg average, and Anderson isn't far behind at 16.2 ppg. They are the only two Eagles averaging double-figure points this season. Anderson is also the team leader in rebounds, averaging 7.1 per game, while Hanlon leads the team in assists with 43. Joe Rahon (9.5 ppg) is second on the team in assists, and has an 84 percent free-throw shooting clip.
Harvard got scoring from virtually everywhere Saturday against Fordham, as six Crimson players scored in double-digits to help the team to a season-high 94 points. Siyani Chambers led the way with 17 points and nine assists, shooting 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Kyle Casey and Agunwa Okolie each added 17 points in the winning effort. The Crimson registered a season-high 24 assists in the win, and finished the contest shooting 56.6 percent from the floor.
Chambers is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 ppg, while Wesley Saunders leads the Crimson at 15.1 ppg. Chambers is the team leader in assists, averaging 5.1 apg. After the Fordham game, Chambers is averaging 40.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc on the season. Saunders leads the team in steals with a 2.2 spg average.
Harvard has owned the Battle for Boston over the past five seasons. At home with a standout 11-1 record (4-0 in their own building), the Crimson should make it six straight against the Eagles.
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