Wright Named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week

Wright Named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week

Keith Wright leads Harvard with 15.6 points per game this season (Mitchell Layton).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After leading the Crimson to its second Ivy League weekend sweep, junior forward Keith Wright of the Harvard men’s basketball team was honored as the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Wright shared the award with Yale’s Greg Mangano.

In Harvard’s 78-75 win over Yale Friday evening, Wright tallied 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He also came down with five rebounds, including three on the offensive side of the glass, dished out three assists and blocked one shot in 29 minutes of action.

On Saturday evening, Wright scored a game-high 22 points, as he led the Crimson to a 24-point comeback in an 85-78 victory against Brown. Harvard trailed, 53-31, at the half, before outscoring the Bears, 54-25, the rest of the way for the biggest comeback in Harvard history and the second largest in Ivy League history. By overcoming the 22-point deficit at halftime, the Crimson also posted the fourth largest comeback from the break in NCAA history. Wright collected 14 rebounds, shot 8-of-10 from the floor, hit 6-of-7 free throws and had a career-high five blocks. He also added three assists and made two steals in 37 minutes.

For the weekend, Wright averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. Wright was also tabbed Ivy League Player of the Week Nov. 15 and  Nov. 29.

Harvard is off to an 18-4 record, marking the best start for the Crimson in a season since 1945-46 (17-1). The Crimson stands at 7-1 in the Ivy League, tying the program record for its best conference start (1970-71). Harvard also owns a 12-0 home record, establishing a new program mark for home victories in a season, and the team has won 15 straight at Lavietes, tied for the 10th longest home win streak in the nation.

Up next, the Crimson will visit Cornell and Columbia in road contests Feb. 18-19.