Twenty minutes into the second semifinal of the Ivy League Tournament, the Yale men’s basketball team found itself in a familiar situation. The Bulldogs led Harvard, as they did during the two regular-season meetings between the old rivals. It remains to be seen if the Bulldogs will hold onto this lead, as they fell to Crimson in both contests this season.
The Elis took a 38–30 lead into halftime, an advantage that could have been greater had the Bulldogs not missed three of eight free throws in the half. Guards Miye Oni ’20 and Alex Copeland ’19 led Yale in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Harvard struggled shooting the ball in the opening period, making just 32 percent of its field goals. However, the No. 2 seed stayed in the game with tough defense. The Crimson blocked an impressive six shots in the first half and altered several more Yale attempts at the bucket.
Two early fouls kept Harvard’s star guard Bryce Aiken on the bench for large chunks of the half. Still, the freshman found his rhythm and had eight points by halftime.