Men's Basketball Closes Out Non-Conference Slate at George Washington Saturday
Sophomore Brandyn Curry has handed out eight assists in each of the last two games (Stephen Slade).
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Harvard carries a four-game winning streak into Saturday afternoon's non-conference game at George Washington. The Crimson boasts an 11-3 record, while the Colonials are 10-6. This is Harvard's last non-conference tilt of the regular season.
Harvard and George Washington first met during the 2008-09 season and have split their games over the last two seasons. The Colonials emerged with a 78-63 victory Dec. 13, 2008 in Washington, D.C., while the Crimson picked up a win at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 30, 2009. In Harvard's win, Jeremy Lin '10 led all scorers with 17 points and added eight rebounds, while Kyle Casey tallied 15 points, making 11-of-13 free-throw attempts.
Last Time Out
Harvard opened Ivy League play by downing Dartmouth, 68-53, Jan. 8. Keith Wright picked up his sixth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and coming down with 12 rebounds. Kyle Casey (13 points), Oliver McNally (12) and Christian Webster (11) also reached double figures in points, while Brandyn Curry handed out eight assists for the second straight contest. Harvard shot 53.1 percent from the floor as a team and blocked five shots.
The Colonials have won five straight games after topping Fordham, 72-52, Wednesday evening. Tony Taylor converted 7-of-8 free throws to lead George Washington with 12 points against the Rams. Dwayne Smith (12 points, six rebounds) and Joseph Katuka (10 points, six rebounds) also led the Colonials offensively against Fordham. GW outrebounded Fordham, 47-37, and made 25-of-58 field goals (.431) in the contest to improve to 6-2 at home this season.
In homecoming games for sophomore Christian Webster, the Crimson will travel to the Washington, D.C. area twice this season. Harvard played at George Mason Nov. 13, and returns to face George Washington this weekend.
Making The Most Of It
The Crimson stands first in the nation as a team with a 81.3 percent success rate from the charity stripe (ahead of Wisconsin's 80.4 shooting percentage). Harvard, which owns the NCAA record for team free-throw percentage for a season (82.2 percent in 1983-84), made 23-of-24 (.958) of its attempts from the foul line in its win at Boston College Jan. 5. Harvard made a season-best 28 free throws in wins over WPI Dec. 7, and Monmouth Dec. 29.
Laurent Rivard (35-of-36) ranks second in the country in free-throw percentage, as he is shooting at a 97.2-percent clip. Oliver McNally (44-of-46) is third at 95.7 percent. Griffan Callahan of San Diego State (.973, 36-of-37) leads the nation in success at the charity stripe.
Harvard appears 52nd in the most recent NCAA RPI, released Monday. The Crimson has the second highest RPI in the Ivy League, trailing only Princeton (45).
Top Of The Ivy League
The Crimson owns an 11-3 record (.786) through its first 14 games, putting the team first in overall winning percentage in the Ivy League. Harvard is also 7-0 at home, tying the team with Princeton (4-0) for the best home winning percentage in the conference (1.000).
Brandyn Curry handed out a career-high 12 assists in Harvard's 72-49 victory over Holy Cross Nov. 17. Curry leads the Crimson with 82 assists this season and is averaging 5.9 per game, which ranks second in the Ancient Eight and is 23rd in the country. Curry has handed out eight assists in two straight games.
Keith Wright has garnered two Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season (Nov. 15 and Nov. 29). Wright netted a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season in Harvard's 69-66 win at Bryant Nov. 24. He then posted the best all-around performance of his career in the 82-66 victory over Colorado, as he tallied 19 points, collected nine rebounds, handed out six assists and blocked three shots.
Christian Webster was tabbed Ancient Eight Co-Player of the Week Nov. 22, while Laurent Rivard garnered Ivy Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 6 and again Jan. 3.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
Harvard played and defeated five teams from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season: Holy Cross Nov. 17, WPI Dec. 7, Boston University Dec. 11, MIT Dec. 31 and Boston College Jan. 5.
The Crimson is currently on a 10-game winning streak against schools from Massachusetts, since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, Dec. 10, 2008.
Harvard owns a 8-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 3-3 when scoring less than that. The Crimson has allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points on only two occasions (Boston University, 71, Dec. 11 and No. 4/4 Connecticut, 81, Dec. 22).
Just Grab It
Harvard owns an 9-1 record when outrebounding its opponents this season. The Crimson is only 2-2 when the team is outrebounded.
The Crimson has earned victories over teams from the Patriot League, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference, Big XII, Atlantic 10, NEWMAC, America East and ACC this season. Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences during the 2009-10 season, establishing a program record, and has already topped teams from eight different conferences this year.
Scoring From All Areas
Six Harvard players reached double digits in scoring against Boston University Dec 11: Oliver McNally, Christian Webster, Brandyn Curry, Laurent Rivard, Andrew Van Nest and Keith Wright. Harvard had at least four players score 10 or more points eight times: (Holy Cross Nov. 17, Fordham Dec. 1, WPI Dec. 7, Boston University Dec. 11, Monmouth Dec. 29, MIT Dec. 31, Boston College Jan. 5 and Dartmouth Jan. 8).
Harvard has grabbed 142 offensive rebounds this season and has scored 145 second-chance points. Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 47 offensive boards, which leads the Ivy League, while Christian Webster (20) and Brandyn Curry (14) have also been key players on the offensive glass for Harvard.
Keeping Everyone Involved
Harvard handed out 22 assists on 25 field goals in the Crimson's 82-66 win over Colorado Nov. 28. The Crimson then dished out 21 helpers on 28 field goals in the 80-57 victory over Fordham Dec. 1. The team also had 16 assists on 19 buckets against Monmouth Dec. 29.