This was coming.
After Harvard edged Yale 52-50 in New Haven, needed a game-winning Siyani Chambers jumper to survive a second-half offensive drought against Columbia and struggled early against Princeton, it was clear the Crimson needed to shore up their offense.
But it makes sense that that wouldn’t happen against a Cornell defense whose calling cards are its physicality and length. Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers combined to shoot just 9-for-31 as the Crimson struggled to establish any offensive rhythm whatsoever in a 57-49 loss to the Big Red that dropped Harvard to a 9-2 Ivy mark and first-place tie with Yale atop the league standings.
Harvard shot a paltry 25 percent from the field as a team, out-Cornelling Cornell in the process.
Now Harvard heads to Levien Gym, where it needed overtime to pull out a controversial 88-84 victory last season and lost 78-63 the year before. Will the Crimson go winless on the Empire State trip? We’re about to find out.