Men's Basketball Handles WPI, 69-54
Junior co-captain Oliver McNally led all scorers with 20 points Tuesday (Eric Bronson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Oliver McNally scored 20 points, while Brandyn Curry contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to guide the Harvard men's basketball team to a 69-54 win over WPI at Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday evening.
Christian Webster added 17 and Keith Wright scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as four Harvard players reached double digits in points. The Crimson which grabs its fourth victory at home this season, improves to 6-2 overall. Jeffrey Robinson (16 points) and Jaime Shannon (11 points) led the way offensively for the Engineers, who see their record fall to 5-2. Harvard buried nine shots from beyond the arc and helped keep WPI at bay by shooting 28-of-34 from the free throw line. Webster made all 10 of his free throws, while McNally was a perfect 8-for-8.
Harvard hit four early three-pointers to take a 16-7 lead after the first seven minutes of action. The Crimson spread the ball around offensively, with McNally, Curry and Andrew Van Nest, who scored all four of his points on the night in the frame, all shooting well in the first half. Harvard led by as much as 16 in the opening stanza, as Curry buried back-to-back treys within the final two minutes of the frame to put Harvard up, 38-22. Curry led all scorers with 11 points in the first half, while McNally and Webster added nine points each to help the Crimson carry a 38-25 advantage into the locker room.
Harvard shot 50 percent in the first half, making 11-of-22 shots and was 8-of-15 from long range, led by three three-pointers from Curry and McNally. WPI, though, had an edge in rebounds, 15-13.
In the second half, the Engineers opened up with a 5-0 run to pull within eight, 38-30, but a jumper by Wright in the paint and then four straight converted free throws by McNally put Harvard back in control. McNally drained a trey on the next Crimson possession, making it 47-32 in favor of Harvard with just under 16 minutes to go. WPI got into foul trouble in the second half, going over the limit with 14:50 remaining, allowing the Crimson to remain in control with points from the charity stripe.
WPI went on a 9-2 run midway through the half, capped by a three pointer from Robinson with 11:02 to play, to once again move within eight points of the Crimson, 54-46. Harvard, in turn, responded with a 9-2 scoring run of its own, with seven of those points coming courtesy of the free-throw line.
With the Crimson holding a 64-52 lead after the final media timeout, Harvard hit three more free throws to put the game out of reach.
The Crimson will host local rival Boston University at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.