CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Laurent Rivard led the way with 18 points, while Brandyn Curry added 11 points, 2 assists and 5 steals, as the No. 23/24 Harvard men's basketball team defeated Boston College for the fourth straight season, earning a 67-46 win at Conte Forum Thursday evening. With the win, the Crimson, the 1,000th in program history, improves to 11-1 on the season, tying the 1984-85 team with the best start for the program since the 1945-46 campaign.
Harvard made 10-of-20 3-pointers in the game, and outrebounded the Eagles (5-8), 36-22. Corbin Miller scored 12 points off the bench, making 4-of-5 3-pointers, and Christian Webster notched 10 points, while Keith Wright came down with 11 rebounds. Curry went 7-of-8 from the foul line, as the Crimson hit 13-of-15 free throws as a team.
After the Eagles jumped out to a 14-3 lead, Brandyn Curry hit a jumper in the lane to end BC's run to start the game. On Harvard's next two possessions, Curry made four free throws from the line to cut the deficit to 16-9. Keith Wright added a layup from under the hoop, as the Crimson got closer, 16-11, with 12 minutes to play in the half. Wright scored on another layup after grabbing an offensive board with just over 10 minutes remaining, keeping the Crimson within seven, 20-13.
Harvard narrowed its deficit further with a triple from the left corner by Laurent Rivard, 20-16. Rivard nailed another trey with nine minutes to go, getting Harvard within just one, 20-19, capping a 16-6 run for the Crimson. With 7:13 left, Oliver McNally hit a long 3-pointer, tying the game, 22-22. McNally followed with a steal on the other end, and Rivard finished with a layup, as the Crimson grabbed its first lead, 24-22.
A traditional 3-point play by Webster grew Harvard's lead to 27-22, and Rivard made another layup on the break, as the Crimson went up by eight, 30-22, with five minutes left in the half. Rivard scored the Crimson's next five points to give him 15 for the game, as well as a 35-27 advantage for the Crimson. A 3-pointer by Christian Webster gave Harvard its largest lead of the half, 40-28, with just over a minute left in the frame.
Harvard carried a 40-33 lead into the half, led by Rivard's 15 points, as the Crimson shot 45.5 percent from long range (5-of-11) in the first. BC shot 63.6 percent from the field (14-of-22), but Harvard scored 15 points off turnovers to finish the frame with a 37-19 run after trailing 14-3.
Webster and Kyle Casey hit back-to-back baskets for the Crimson to open the second half, giving Harvard an 11-point edge, 44-33. The Crimson hit a scoring drought for the next several minutes until Corbin Miller made a triple with 11 minutes to go, making it 49-38 in favor of Harvard.
Miller made another trey off an assist by Curry with 8:45 remaining, keeping the Crimson lead at 11, 52-41. Rivard nailed his fourth triple of the game with seven minutes left, extending Harvard's advantage to 57-43. Miller drained his third trey moments later, as Harvard went up by 19, 62-43.
The Crimson will host St. Joseph's on New Year's Eve at 4 p.m.