The Crimson held TCU to 25.0 percent shooting to win the Great Alaska Shootout (Sam Wasson).
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Harvard men's basketball team jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead and held on down the stretch to defeat TCU Saturday night, 71-50, and win the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Laurent Rivard hit five-three pointers for the second consecutive night and scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Crimson. Jonah Travis added 11 points and seven boards, while both Siyani Chambers and Evan Cummins contributed 10 points.
Harvard (7-1) dished out 23 assists on 27 baskets, the third highest total under head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson finished the evening shooting 49.1 percent (27-55) from the field and connected on a season-high eight three-pointers for a 47.1 percent (8-17) clip from deep.
Harvard's defense stifled TCU (4-3) to the tune of 25.0 percent (14-56 ) shooting, marking a new low for an opponent with Amaker at the helm. The Crimson also outrebounded the Horned Frogs 44-27 and outscored them 32-20 in the paint.
Laurent Rivard picked up right where he left off last night, hitting a three-pointer from the corner for the first basket of the game. Siyani Chambers followed with a three from the same spot on the next possession, and Steve Moundou-Missi made it an 8-0 game with a layup in transition. A pair of Jonah Travis baskets in the paint moved the score to 12-4 before Zena Edosomwan powered his way to the hoop for a 14-4 advantage.
Travis began and ended a 9-0 run as the Crimson extended its lead to 23-6, and Rivard added two more triples during an 8-0 stretch to push the margin to 23, 33-10. Harvard continued to roll with a Travis and-one giving Harvard its largest lead of the half, 46-17. TCU began to find a rhythm down the stretch and closed the frame on an 8-2 run, sending the teams into the locker room with Harvard on top, 48-25.
Harvard assisted on 17 of its 20 of its makes in the half en route to shooting at a 54.1 percent (20-37) clip. The Horned Frogs, meanwhile, were held to 29.2 percent (7-24) shooting and committed 10 turnovers which led to 16 Crimson points.
Baskets by Moundou-Missi, Chambers and Rivard helped the Crimson to a 55-30 edge out of the break, but a 10-0 pulled TCU back to within 15, 55-40. Chambers ended the four-plus minute drought with a three from the top of the key, and Casey twisted his way through traffic to put the score at 60-41. Another scoreless stretch by Harvard allowed the Horned Frogs to make it a 60-47 game, before a Cummins put-back got the Crimson back on the board.
Harvard outscored TCU 9-0 over the final five minutes to pull away for the 71-50 win.
Game Notes: Wesley Saunders was named the Great Alaska Shootout's Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Siyani Chambers and Steve Moundou-Missi … Laurent Rivard's 10 three-pointers over the last two games matches the highest two game total of his career … The Crimson held TCU to 25.0 percent shooting, the lowest field goal percentage for a Harvard opponent under head coach Tommy Amaker … Harvard's 23 assists were the third most for the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker … Evan Cummins scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.