Christian Webster, who hit the game-winner, finished with nine points (John Quackenbos).
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – With the Crimson down a point with 23 seconds left remaining, Christian Webster buried a three-pointer to help the Harvard men's basketball take a two-point lead, as the Crimson held off Bryant, 69-66, in a road game Wednesday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center. Keith Wright, who assisted on Webster's trey, led all scorers with 24 points and added 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the young season.
Brandyn Curry chipped in with 14 points and three assists for Harvard, which improves to 3-1. Frankie Dobbs was Bryant's leading scorer with 15 points and he also handed out five assists, as the Bulldogs fall to 1-4.
Wright netted Harvard's first five points, as he hit a layup in the lane for the Crimson's first basket and then converted a three-point play, putting Harvard up 5-2 after the first minute of action. After the Bulldogs came back to tie the game, 10-10, the Crimson earned three offensive rebounds on its possession before Oliver McNally drove into the lane and kicked out a pass to Laurent Rivard. The freshman sharpshooter drilled a trey, putting the Crimson back on top, 13-10, with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Bryant grabbed a 22-19 lead after a trey by Cecil Gresham from the left side. Kyle Casey, who saw his first action of the season, scored the next four points for the Crimson, including two from the line, cutting Harvard's deficit to two, 25-23, with five minutes to go in the first. Harvard, which only shot 9-of-23 from the field in the first half, headed into the locker room down one, 31-30. Wright had eight points and six rebounds at the break, while Casey scored five points in only eight minutes.
Harvard came out shooting in the second half, hitting six of its first nine shots, and a three by McNally from the top of the key put the Crimson back on top, 41-40, after three minutes. With the Crimson down 49-45, Curry was fouled on a fastbreak and hit the layup. Curry made the chance from the charity stripe, making it 49-48, in favor of Bryant with 12:24 remaining. Curry then made a runner on the Crimson's next possession, giving Harvard a one-point advantage.
With just under seven minutes to go, Rivard broke a 6-0 run for Bryant by drilling a three to bring Harvard up a point, 58-57. Wright made a layup under the right side of the basket with just four minutes to play, putting Harvard back on top, 62-61. The Bulldogs followed though with a 5-0 run, capped by a three pointer from Gresham with less than 90 ticks left on the clock.
With Harvard down four, 66-62, Wright hit a layup while being fouled and made the free-throw attempt, making it a one-point game with just under a minute to play. On the next Crimson possession, Wright, who was double teamed, kicked the ball out from the paint, finding a wide open Webster on the right side. Webster drilled a trey, putting the Crimson up, 68-66, with just 23 seconds left.
Harvard made 6-of-19 threes for the game (.316), and was 25-of-51 from the field overall (.490). The Crimson committed only nine fouls in the game and had six steals, three by Webster.
The Crimson will host Colorado of the Big 12 Sunday, Nov. 28 for a 1 p.m. game at Lavietes Pavilion.