CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Laurent Rivard scored 20 points and Harvard (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) continued to reach new heights, defeating Columbia 57-52 Saturday night to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play.
The Crimson (20-2, 6-0) are off to their best start ever, surpassing the 1945-46 team's 19-3. Their Ivy League start has surpassed the 1980-81 team's 5-0, and the victory was their 25th straight at home.The Lions (13-9, 2-4) made Harvard work for it, cutting the Crimson's 45-37 lead with 6:51 remaining to 48-46 after Alex Rosenberg's three-point play with 2:39 left.Keith Wright answered with a layup for Harvard, and two free throws by Oliver McNally increased the lead to 52-46 at the 1:11 mark.Wright finished with 15 points for the Crimson, and Brandyn Curry added 12.Brian Barbour had 15 for Columbia. He was 7 of 7 on free throws, but the rest of the Lions collectively got only one free throw attempt.
Harvard won its 20th game of the season Saturday night vs Columbia.
It's the 3rd straight season that the Crimson have reached 20 wins.
Before the 2009-10 season, Harvard had never won 20 games in a season.
Harvard beat Columbia in Cambridge to extend its school-record home winning streak to 25 games.