Cornell shuts down, upsets Harvard

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.

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