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Columbia forward Alex Rosenberg reacts after missing a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Evanston, Ill.  Northwestern won in overtime 83-80. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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VIDEO: Columbia beats Harvard on Alex Rosenberg buzzer-beater

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Harvard’s hopes of making a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament took a significant hit this weekend, as the Crimson dropped home games against Cornell and Columbia. Saturday night’s loss to Columbia, one of the preseason favorites to win the Ivy League, came as a result of Alex Rosenberg’s fadeaway as time expired.

Rosenberg’s shot capped a wild comeback for the Lions, who trailed by as much as 20 in the first half and by a score of 33-16 at the half.

Harvard’s now 1-3 in Ivy League play, a full three games behind Columbia and Yale. While it is early in league play, the fact that the Ivy doesn’t have a conference tournament (they label their conference slate as the “14-game tournament”) makes these regular season games that much more important.

Video credit: Ivy League Digital Network

LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 3 Oklahoma takes Diamond Head Classic crown

Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard, left, dribbles past Harvard guard Tommy McCarthy, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Oklahoma 83, Harvard 71

Trailing by two at the half, the third-ranked Sooners went on a 21-0 run to take control of the Diamond Head Classic title game. Buddy Hield scored 34 points and Jordan Woodard added 28 for Lon Kruger’s team, but can they be a national title contender? Read more about those possibilities here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Hawai’i 79, Auburn 67: Roderick Bobbitt reached the 30-point mark for the second straight game, scoring 30 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line (he scored 32 on Oklahoma Wednesday night), to lead the Rainbow Warriors to third place at the Diamond Head Classic. The depth advantage for Eran Ganot’s team, which also received 21 and eight boards from Stefan Jankovic, is why they were able to close the game on a 19-4 run.

Horace Spencer and Tyler Harris both fouling out for Auburn, and Kareem Canty had to spend some time on the bench in the second half with four fouls. Canty led the Tigers 22 points, bouncing back from his 1-for-15 outing against Auburn, and Bryce Brown added 20.

BYU 84, Northern Iowa 76: Dave Rose’s Cougars picked up a quality win for their resume in the Diamond Head Classic’s fifth-place game, using a 19-2 first half run to establish the distance needed to hold off the Panthers. Chase Fischer scored 26 points, hitting four more three-pointers, and Kyle Collinsworth tallied 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists to lead the way for BYU. UNI scored 24 points off of 15 BYU turnovers, but their inability to hit shots (40 percent from the field) when not benefitting from Cougar mistakes proved to be the difference.

Washington State 82, New Mexico 59: The Mountain West took another hit Christmas Day, as the Lobos were blown out by Washington State in the seventh place game at the Diamond Head Classic. Josh Hawkinson, who played just seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, scored 12 of his 19 in the second half and as a team Wazzu shot 54.2 percent from the field and 11-for-20 from three.

Hawkinson led five Cougars in double figures. After getting off to a good start to the season the Lobos once again struggled defensively and with turnovers, and they have many kinks to work out ahead of their Mountain West opener Wednesday night.

STARRED

Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma: Hield and Woodard combined to score 62 points on 20-for-27 shooting from the field in their win over Harvard.

Zena Edosomwan, Harvard: Oklahoma did not have an answer for the Harvard big man, who tallied 25 points and 16 rebounds in a losing effort.

Chase Fischer, BYU: One game after hitting nine three-pointers Fischer hit four more, scoring 26 points in the Cougars’ win over Northern Iowa. Fischer shot 13-for-25 from three in wins over New Mexico and Northern Iowa.

Roderick Bobbitt, Hawai’i: Bobbitt shot extremely well in scoring 30 points in a win over Auburn, shooting 8-for-13 from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line.

STRUGGLED

Cullen Neal, New Mexico: Things got so bad for the redshirt sophomore that he was benched for the entire second half in the Lobos’ loss to Washington State. In eight minutes Neal went scoreless and didn’t have an assist, committing five turnovers.

New Mexico’s three-point shooters: Neal wasn’t the only one who struggled, as the Lobos shot 0-for-10 from three on the day.

Patrick Steeves, Harvard: In 28 minutes off the bench Steeves made just one of his eight shots from the field, scoring two points.

Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma: Cousins didn’t have the night teammates Hield and Woodard had, scoring seven points on 2-for-11 shooting.

Zena Edosomwan jumps over 6-foot-10 teammate

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Harvard’s Zena Edosomwan, one of returning starters from last year’s Ivy League champion, made his teammates storm the court on Friday night at Crimson Madness.

The junior forward, wearing a Michael Jordan jersey, jumped over 6-foot-10 Balsa Dragovic and two young fans for a one-handed dunk. Edosomwan followed the slam by breaking out a celebratory nae-nae before being swarmed by his teammates.

This just happened at Crimson Madness! Zena Edosomwan over the 6'10" Balsa Dragovic #GoCrimson

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Edosomwan averaged 4.0 points and 3.2 boards per game in 2014-15.

Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers out for the season with torn ACL

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Harvard senior point guard Siyani Chambers is taking a voluntary leave of absence and will be out for the 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in workouts, according to a release.

Chambers has to leave school for the year because of Ivy League rules against athletic redshirts and will look to re-enroll for the 2016-17 academic year to finish out his college eligibility.

This is a huge loss for the Crimson as Chambers has been the lead guard behind a number of huge wins in the last three years. The 6-foot-0 native of Minnesota has averaged at least 34 minutes per game during all three years of college and put up 9.9 points, 4.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season.

Without Chambers, Harvard suddenly looks very inexperienced, especially in the backcourt. The Ivy League could be a wide open race now and the Crimson will have to fight to win the league’s regular season crown and NCAA tournament bid for the fifth consecutive season.

Harvard lands top 150 small forward in Class of 2016

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Harvard landed a key commitment on Monday night as the Crimson pulled in a national top 150 caliber player. Ohio native and small forward Seth Towns committed to Harvard and the 6-foot-7 wing is a really nice grab for the Ivy League program.

A combo forward with the ability to play a bit inside as well as on the wing, getting Towns out of the Midwest is a nice grab for Harvard. Rivals rates Towns as the No. 125 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

The Crimson now have commitments from Towns and 6-foot-8 power forward Chris Lewis. If head coach Tommy Amaker and his staff continue to get high-level players like this, they’ll continue to be a major threat in the Ivy League.

Harvard lands Class of 2016 point guard (VIDEO)

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Harvard picked up a Class of 2016 point guard on Friday as California native Christian Juzang pledged to the Crimson.

The 6-foot-2 Juzang attends Viewpoint High School in Calabasas, California and plays on the grassroots circuit with Earl Watson Elite. Juzang’s commitment was announced on Twitter on the official athletics page of his high school.

Through eight games in the Under Armour Association this spring, Juzang is averaging a team-leading 13.1 points per game to go along with 2 assists per contest. The guard is also shooting 40 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free-throw line.

Juzang joins three-star forward and Georgia native Chris Lewis in the Harvard Class of 2016.

Here is a recent video of Juzang from the spring from Courtside Films.