Harvard men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker may have gotten a late Christmas present on Saturday, when senior co-captain Brandyn Curry returned to action for the Crimson in a 94-86 win at Fordham.
“Certainly he’s a ways away, but it was good to be able to have him in there, test things out,” Amaker told reporters after the game, according to a recording of the session provided by Harvard media relations. “He’s still not, obviously, who he has been for us.”
After missing nine of the Crimson’s previous 11 games with an injured left Achilles tendon, Curry came off the bench against the Rams to play nine minutes, missing his only two shot attempts (one from the field and one from the free throw line) before fouling out with three assists, two rebounds and one turnover.
Curry averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 assists in 30.3 minutes per game in his last full season, in 2011-12.
“He’s got to work himself back,” Amaker said. “And hopefully his Achilles will hold up and we’ll see how he feels [Sunday], which will be a very big, telling point for us.
“It’s just a very tricky spot there in any athlete or any person,” the coach said of the injury. “So he’s just trying to work [his way back].”
Harvard had six scorers in double figures in the win against Fordham, led by sophomore point guard Siyani Chambers, who had 19 points to lead the Crimson in scoring for the second straight game.
Getting Curry back would be a boost to an already-deep Crimson team, which is 11-1 heading into its New Year’s Day matchup against Boston College (4 p.m. ET). The Eagles have struggled so far in 2013-14, but their 4-9 record won’t take all the luster off the meeting -- the first time a BC team has paid a visit to Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion since 1991.
With talented guards such as Joe Rahon and Olivier Hanlan in the backcourt, Steve Donahue’s team will look to give the Crimson all they can handle and start 2014 off with a win. Having Curry at their disposal can only help Amaker & Co. as they attempt to beat their crosstown rivals for the sixth straight season.
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