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Monday, January 2, 2012
Harvard moves up in the polls

By Jack McCluskey

With wins over Boston College (by 21) and Saint Joseph’s (by five) in the past week, Harvard has moved itself up the rankings again. The Crimson are now No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, up from a program-best No. 23 the previous week.

The Crimson are ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25, up from No. 24 the previous week.

Led by the sharpshooting Laurent Rivard’s 18 points (including four 3-pointers) and its usual stifling defense, Harvard beat BC for the fourth straight season Thursday night at Conte Forum.

After a quick turnaround, the Crimson hosted the Hawks at Lavietes Pavilion on New Year’s Eve. Phil Martelli’s team shot a blistering 19-of-24 in the first half to lead by 10 at the break, but Harvard’s defense saved it in the second half as the Hawks shot just 8-of-27 in final 20 minutes. Kyle Casey led the way offensively for Tommy Amaker’s 12-1 team, scoring 26 points -- including seven in the last 4:25.

Next up for Harvard: a road game at Fordham on Tuesday, followed by the start of Ivy League play Saturday versus Dartmouth.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.