Kyle Casey hit nine baskets and led all players with 20 points (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 23 Harvard men's basketball team picked up its fourth consecutive Ivy League win to begin conference play, topping Brown, 68-59, on the road Saturday evening. Kyle Casey paced the Crimson with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Brandyn Curry tallied 15 points and handed out four assists.
Casey also came down with eight boards, and Keith Wright contributed nine points and 11 rebounds in a winning effort.
The Crimson, which has won six straight games overall, improves to 18-2 and 4-0 in the Ancient Eight. Harvard has opened each of the last two seasons with 4-0 starts to conference action. The Bears see their record slip to 7-14 and 1-3 in the Ivy League. Stephen Albrecht and Andrew McCarthy led the way for Brown with 13 points apiece.
Steve Moundou-Missi added a career-best 10 rebounds for the Crimson, who shot 48.9 percent for the game from the field (23-of-47) and 87.0 percent from the foul line (20-of-23). Harvard owned a 39-25 advantage in rebounds and the Crimson's bench outscored Brown's, 13-0.
Curry opened with a triple off a pass from the paint by Wright, giving the Crimson a 3-0 lead. McNally added to the advantage with a steal and a layup on the break, and Casey added with a bucked in the lane, making it 7-0. Casey drilled a jumper from the left corner making it 11-3 with 15:37 left in the first. Following a 7-0 run by Brown to cut the Crimson lead to five, Jonah Travis went to the line and made both, 17-10.
The Bears went on another min-run, 6-1, to get within two, 18-16, with 9:29 left in the first half. Wright answered with back-to-back baskets in the paint, putting Harvard back up by six, 22-16. With 2:56 remaining in the opening stanza, Curry hit the latter of two foul shots to push Harvard's advantage to 27-20. Brown answered with another scoring run in the final minutes of the half, getting within two, 29-27, with 42 ticks left on the clock.
The Crimson carried a four-point edge, 31-27, into the locker room, as Harvard shot 45 percent (9-of-20) from the field and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (12-of-14) in the first period. Casey paced the Crimson with 10 points and five boards after the first 20 minutes of action.
Harvard began the second with buckets by Wright and Oliver McNally to grown the lead to eight, 35-27. The Crimson continued its run to begin the half with a dunk by Casey and two foul shots from Curry, extending the advantage to 12, 39-27. A triple by Laurent Rivard made it an 11-0 run, as he padded the Crimson lead to 42-27.
The Bears, once again, responded, getting within eight, 45-37, with 12 minutes remaining. With 8:15 to play, McNally fed Casey with a pass in the lane, and Casey finished with a strong, two-handed jam, making it 51-39 in favor of Harvard. On the Crimson's next possession, Curry missed a shot, but Moundou-Missi was there for the put back, 55-41.
In the final minutes, Curry drained a jumper in the lane, and McNally found Moundou-Missi for an alley-oop with 2:37 to go, giving Harvard a 64-50 lead.
The Crimson will host Cornell Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.