Welcome to a new (hopefully) daily feature here at Run the Floor called Game of the Night Game of the Night where I will take a look at a game from the night before and preview the best or most under the radar game to watch tonight.
Game of the Night – Yale 93, Central Connecticut State 77
Though Yale had about a 30 spot lead in the Pomeroy Ratings on Central Connecticut State, the Blue Devils looked to have the game won going away just after halftime, when they led by 17 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game. But Justin Sears took over, scoring 14 points the rest of the way as Yale rebounded to win by 16 over their instate rivals.
Sears had 26 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Kyle Vinales had 30 points (11-23, 5-8) in the loss for the Blue Devils. The free throw count (this will be a running theme this year) wasn't too bad in this one, as the teams combined to shoot 50 free throws compared to 125 field goal attempts.
Game of the Night – Holy Cross v. Harvard
Boston's TD Garden has a triple header going today, with Holy Cross and Harvard capping things off. It's our first look at this new look Harvard team, who welcomes back, among others, Kyle Casey, who led the team in scoring two years ago before being kicked off the team due to academic violations. With everyone but Christian Webster back from last year's team, Harvard is the runaway favorite in the Ivy League and has some prognosticators thinking Sweet 16 and beyond for the Crimson.
Holy Cross lost three Seniors off last year's team, so they have some work to do to blend guys in. One thing that could help them in what figures to be a fairly tight Patriot League race is the fact that the Crusaders shot over 75% from the line as a team last year. With the new emphasis on fouls, they could win a lot of close games at the line.