STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut welcomed Harvard to the ranks of the ranked with a big-time defensive effort.
The ninth-ranked Huskies beat No. 25 Harvard 67-53 on Thursday night, a game that was far from a blowout but one that showed the difference in the talent level of the two teams.
“The first 12 minutes we played poorly then we turned up the defense and the last 5 minutes of the first half we let them back in,” Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. “Defensively we dominated them.”
Jeremy Lamb had 18 points and Andre Drummond added 12 on 6 for 7 shooting for Connecticut as it spoiled the Crimson’s first game ever as a ranked team.
Kyle Casey had 12 points to lead the Crimson (8-1), who were trying to start a season with nine consecutive wins for the first time since the 1904-05 team opened 10-0. The last Ivy League team to start 9-0 was Columbia in 1969-70.
SYRACUSE: The attorney for a Maine man who claims former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine molested him on a team trip to Pittsburgh in 2002 said he filed a lawsuit Thursday to rebut comments by Fine’s attorneys and a prosecutor that the man isn’t credible.
The lawyer, Jeffrey Anderson, said he would have preferred to sue the 65-year-old ex-coach after federal prosecutors in New York finish their investigation.
Two former ballboys have accused Fine of molesting them in the 1980s and Anderson’s 23-year-old client, Zachary Tomaselli, contends the same thing happened to him inside a Pittsburgh hotel room on Jan. 21, 2002. Tomaselli, who was 13 at the time, said Fine allegedly arranged the trip for the boy to watch Syracuse play the University of Pittsburgh.
Fine, who was fired, has denied the men’s allegations. His attorney, Karl Sleight, did not respond Thursday to e-mails and calls for comment on the lawsuit.
On Wednesday, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said the ballboys are credible but that the crimes they allege were too old to prosecute.