Sophomore Brandyn Curry had a double-double with 10 points, 12 assists (Kevin Burns Photography).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard jumped out to an early lead against Holy Cross and never looked back as the Crimson cruised past the visiting Crusaders 72-49 in the home opener at Lavietes Pavilion.
Brandyn Curry turned in a Jeremy Lin-like effort to pace Harvard (1-1), which has now won its home opener in each of the last six seasons. Curry, a junior, stuffed his stat line with 10 points, 12 assists (career-high), seven rebounds and five steals. All five of his steals came in the first half as the Crimson built a 32-14 lead at intermission.
In the second half Keith Wright took over, scoring 16 of his game-high 18 points, finishing 6-of-8 form the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line while pulling down six rebounds and blocking two shots.
Oliver McNally also had a nice evening with 10 points (3-3 FG, 3-3 FT), five assists and four rebounds while Christian Webster added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. With Curry and McNally delivering, Harvard dished out 20 assists on its 26 made baskets.
The game was all but decided early as Harvard jumped on Holy Cross to the tune of 16-2 capped off by a monster alley-oop dunk from freshman seven-footer Ugo Okam. Okam delivered two flushes in the half and finished 3-of-3 from the floor with three blocks in nine minutes. All told, Harvard defenders turned back nine Holy Cross shots on the evening.
Holy Cross was led by R.J. Evans' 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting (1-6 FT).
The Crimson is back in action at Mercer Saturday, Nov. 20 for a 3 p.m. start.