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Harvard (10-1) at Fordham (7-4)



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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 28, 4 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gymnasium (3,470) -- Bronx, New York. Television: SNY. Home Record: Harvard 4-0, Fordham 5-1. Away Record: Harvard 2-1, Fordham 2-3. Neutral Record: Harvard 4-0, Fordham 0-0. Conference Record: Harvard 0-0, Fordham 0-0. Series Record: Fordham leads, 8-4.

GAME NOTES: Harvard eyes a seventh straight victory when the Crimson battle the Fordham Rams this afternoon in a non-conference matchup in the Bronx.

Harvard earned a 74-68 win against Vermont a week ago. Siyani Chambers had a career-best 27 points, as he went 9-of-10 from the floor and made all six of his 3-point shots. Kyle Casey added 11 points for the Crimson, who converted 47.8 percent of their field goal attempts.

This ties the best 11-game start to a season under head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson were also 10-1 in 2011-12, a season in which they went 26-5, won the Ivy League title and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946.

The Crimson are averaging 75 points per game, which is actually two less than the Rams. The big difference, though, comes on defense where Harvard has limited its opponents to 60.5 ppg compared to 75.4 ppg for the Rams. Wesley Saunders (15.2 ppg) leads the team in scoring, followed by Chambers (11.6 ppg) and Casey (11.4 ppg). Steve Moundou-Missi (9.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg) paces the Crimson on the glass.

Fordham is coming off an 83-69 home win over Loyola-Chicago on Monday. Jon Severe poured in a game-high 23 points. Bryan Smith added 17 points and seven rebounds, Branden Frazier had 16 points and nine assists and Ryan Rhoomes finished with 14 points for the Rams, winners of three of their last four.

The Rams are next-to-last in field goal percentage among Atlantic 10 Conference teams at 41.2 percent. On the flip side, Fordham is making 76.6 percent from the charity stripe, which is first in the conference. The big problem has been at the defensive end, as the Rams are ahead of only Duquesne in the conference.

Frazier and Severe, a freshman, form the top scoring backcourt in the A-10 with a combined 37.9 ppg. Mandell Thomas (14.3 ppg), Rhoomes (8.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Smith (7.7 ppg) are the club's other key contributors.

Harvard came away with a 73-64 win in last season's meeting against the Rams. A victory today would give Amaker his 299th career win. So far, 122 of those victories have come at Harvard. The Crimson are enjoying their longest win streak since taking nine in a row from Jan. 7 - Feb. 10, 2012. That's still well short of the program-record 13-game victory surge set during the 1945-46 season when Harvard made the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Expect the Crimson to continue their strong defensive play and take advantage of a weak shooting team.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 74, Fordham 69

12/28 10:32:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
10th
CWS 3
BOS 3
 
11th
HOU 4
KAN 5
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
6th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
6th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
6th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Half
DEN 52
GSW 66
 
Half
POR 68
LAC 52
 
3rd
SAC 60
PHO 55
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
2nd Intermission
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9