No. 21/25 Harvard Men’s Basketball Slips on Road at Princeton, 70-62
Keith Wright netted 16 points and collected 12 boards (Beverly Schaefer).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Keith Wright earned his fourth double-double of the year, while Brandyn Curry added 15 points and four assists, as the No. 21/25 Harvard men's basketball ball team fell on the road at Princeton, 70-62, Saturday evening.
Wright scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Kyle Casey tallied 12 points and collected eight boards for the Crimsn, which slips to 21-3 overall and 7-1 in the Ivy League. Ian Hummer (20 points, nine rebounds led Princeton (13-10, 4-3), while T.J. Bray netted 12 points.
Harvard shot 44.6 percent from the field (25-of-56) and blocked six shots, including three by Casey. Princeton made 50 percent of its shots (25-of-50) and went 17-of-24 from the line (.708). The Tigers outrebounded the Crimson, 30-26.
The teams struggled offensively early, as Princeton led 5-2 until Wright hit a bucket in the lane to get the Crimson back within a single point. After the Tigers went up 9-4, Christian Webster drove the lane and finished with two points, cutting the deficit to three. With 12:34 left, Miller drained and open jump shot, keeping the Crimson within one score, 9-8.
After Princeton went up by four, 12-8, Casey nailed a triple, and Wright followed with a layup, keeping Harvard within one, 14-13. With 8:20 left in the first half, Miller connected on a 3-pointer, and Wright made another layup, giving the Crimson an 18-16 lead. The Crimson upped its lead to 22-16 with a basket by Casey, and Miller drilled another trey, making it 25-18 in favor of Harvard with just over three minutes remaining.
With 1:46 left, Webster found Wright for a bucket under the hoop, giving the Crimson a five-point edge, 27-22. Wright led all players with 10 points at the break, while Casey collected seven boards in the first half.
In the second, Brandyn Curry found Casey in the paint for a two-handed jam, as the Crimson led, 29-24. With 16:07 to play, Curry went to the line and made both free throws, making it 33-28. After Princeton tied the game, 33-33, Curry stepped up an nailed a triple to reclaim the lead for Harvard, 36-33.
With 13:19 left, Curry sent up an alley-oop pass to Casey, who finished with another drunk, making it 38-36 in favor of the Crimson. Casey gave Harvard a four-point cushion, 40-36, with a tough bucket in the paint with 11:30 remaining. After the Tigers knotted the game, 44-44, Princeton continued its scoring run, grabbing a two-point edge, 46-44, with 7:28 to go,
Oliver McNally went baseline and finished with a bucket to tie the game, 46-46, but the Tigers answered on the other end to go back up by two. With 4:53 left, Casey went to the line for two shots and made the second, keeping the Crimson within one, 48-47. With Princeton leading by five, 52-47, Curry hit a jumper to get the Crimson back within one possession, 52-49, with 3:37 remaining.
With 2:30 to go, Princeton stretched its lead to 57-49, but Wright hit two free throws to keep Harvard within eight, 59-51, with 1:55 to play. Curry split the defense and hit a layup with 1:17 remaining, getting Harvard back within six, 59-53. With 1:02 left, Laurent Rivard added another layup, making it a five-point game, 60-55. With 52.5 ticks left, Curry made another bucket, getting the Crimson within four, 61-57.
The Tigers followed with four straight free throws to go back up by eight, 65-57. Curry got the Crimson back within six his fourth field goal, 65-59, but the Tigers outscored Harvard, 5-3, in the final minutes to hold on.
The Crimson welcomes Brown to Lavietes Pavilion Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Harvard owns the nation's second longest home win streak at 25 games.