Keith Wright scored his 1,000th career point at Fordham (Gil Talbot).
BRONX, N.Y. – Brandyn Curry led the Crimson with 15 points, making 3-of-6 3-point attempts, while Keith Wright came down with 11 rebounds, but the No. 21/22 Harvard men's basketball team suffered a 60-54 loss at Fordham Tuesday evening.
Wright also scored eight points, giving the senior exactly 1,000 points of his career. Kyle Casey added nine points and five boards for the Crimson, which falls to 12-2 on the season. Fordham (7-6) was led by Bryan Smith, who hit 7-of-11 shots from the field, finishing with 22 points and Chris Gaston who recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards.
Harvard shot 36.4 percent from the floor (20-of-55) and was only 8-of-30 from long distance (.267). The Crimson outrebounded the Rams, 31-30, and each team turned the ball over 15 times.
Following a bucket by Wright from underneath the hoop, a steal and layup by Curry gave Harvard a 4-0 lead in the first minute of play. The Crimson only made 2 of its first 10 field goals, but led, 5-4, with 13 minutes remaining, as Fordham turned the ball over six times in the opening minutes. With just 12 minutes to go, Steve Moundou-Missi threw down a two-handed jam before the shot clock expired, giving Harvard a 7-4 edge.
Curry hit Harvard's first triple with just under nine minutes to go, giving the Crimson a 12-11 advantage on the scoreboard after the Rams went on a 7-3 run to take the lead. Oliver McNally added another trey, putting Harvard ahead, 15-13, with 6:34 left in the half. Wright and Curry followed with consecutive layups on the break, as the Crimson extended its lead to 19-13. Harvard continued to heat up from beyond the arc, as Laurent Rivard nailed a 3-pointer of his own, making it 22-14 and capping a 10-1 run for the Crimson.
The Rams responded with an 8-2 run of their own to get within just two, 24-22. With one second left in the half, Wright was fouled under the basket. He made one free throw, giving him 999 points in his career, as well as sending Harvard to the locker room with a 3-point lead, 27-24. At the break, Curry paced the Crimson with nine points, while Wright had seven points and six rebounds.
Kyle Casey scored Harvard's first three baskets in the second, but Fordham pulled closer, 31-30, with 18 minutes remaining. After the Rams went ahead by one, Casey buried a trey, making it 34-32 in favor of the Crimson. Fordham, though, stormed back with a 12-0 scoring to go up, 44-34, with 13 minutes left in the frame.
Curry nailed a trey to end Fordham's run, cutting the Crimson deficit to seven, 44-37. With 10:55 left, Rivard was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. Rivard made the middle free throw and then finished with a tip-in off his own miss following the third shot, getting Harvard back within just four, 44-40.
With the Crimson down by six with seven minutes left, McNally hit a triple from the left side to make it 46-43. Casey hit two free throws with just over four minutes left, keeping Harvard within three, 50-47. With 3:28 left, Curry found McNally for a wide-open trey, tying the game, 50-50.
Following three successful foul shots by Fordham, Wright drained a free throw with 1:07 left, giving him his 1,000th career point and getting Harvard back within two, 53-51. On the other end of the floor, the Rams finished with five straight points to pull ahead by seven, 58-51. With just 14.6 ticks left on the clock, Curry nailed his third 3-pointer of the night, getting the Crimson back within four, 58-54.
Harvard will begin Ivy League play by hosting Dartmouth Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.