W&M Hosts Harvard in Afternoon Game Today
December 31st, 2008 by WY Daily Staff
The Tribe will host Crimson in battle of oldest academic institutions in U.S.
WILLIAMSBURG – After an 11-day layoff, the William and Mary men’s basketball team returns to action with a New Years’ Eve matinee against Harvard. Tip-off for the contest on Wednesday, Dec. 31, is slated for noon at Kaplan Arena.
Amazingly, it will be the first-ever meeting between the two oldest school’s in the United States. Harvard was the first academic university founded in the U.S. in 1636, while W&M was second and officially established in 1693.
The Tribe ended a three-game losing streak with a dominating 83-50 victory over Haverford on Dec. 20. W&M tallied its highest steals total in 17 years in the victory, while also shooting a season-best 53.2 percent from the floor.
Junior forward Alex Smith, who missed the opening nine games of the season, returned to action and led the College in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor in just 16 minutes of action. He led five Tribe players in double figures as juniors Danny Sumner and David Schneider added 14 points and 11 points, respectively, while senior Peter Stein and junior Sean McCurdy tallied 10 each.
Harvard has won each of its last two contests, downing Maine, 76-63, on Dec. 22 and Daniel Webster, 94-51, on Dec. 28.