No. 24/25 Harvard Men’s Basketball Pulls Away from BU, 76-52

Kyle Casey led all scorers with 20 points during 24th-ranked Harvard's 76-52 win at Agganis Arena Dec. 10, 2011 (Jon Luszcz) Buy Now
Kyle Casey led all scorers with 20 points during 24th-ranked Harvard's 76-52 win at Agganis Arena Dec. 10, 2011 (Jon Luszcz)

Kyle Casey finished with 20 points and nine rebounds (Jon Luszcz).

BOSTON – The No. 24/25 Harvard men's basketball team went on a 20-1 run late in the first half and never looked back, as the Crimson topped Boston University on the road, 76-52, in a game shown live on NESN Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Harvard improves to 9-1, marking the program's best start after 10 games since 1984-85 (9-1). The win is also the first for Harvard in program history as a ranked team.

Kyle Casey led Harvard with 20 points, going 5-of-5 from the foul line, and finished with nine rebounds. Laurent Rivard made a career-high six 3-pointers, tallying 18 points. Christian Webster scored 14, including 12 in the first half, as he hit six buckets in the game. Keith Wright grabbed nine rebounds and contributed eight points, while Brandyn Curry finished with seven assists.

Darryl Partin paced BU (4-6) with 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting. The Crimson shot 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the floor and 9-of-15 (.600) from beyond the arc. Harvard grabbed 28 defensive rebounds in the game and outrebounded BU, 39-30, overall. The Crimson also handed out 19 assists and blocked eight shots.

Following a two-handed jam by Keith Wright to start the game, Webster nailed an open jumper from the top of the key, giving the Crimson a 4-1 lead after the first four minutes. Webster added a long trey to give the Crimson a 9-7 advantage, breaking a 6-2 run for the Terriers. With 12:18 left in the half, Kyle Casey hit a basket after being fouled and made the free throw, making it, 12-9, Harvard. After BU jumped out to a 16-13 lead, Webster grabbed an offensive board off his own miss and finished with a layup under the hoops. Wright added a basket on the Crimson's next possession, as the Crimson regained the lead, 17-16.

With just under six minutes to go, Rivard knocked down an open 3-pointer, giving Harvard a five-point edge, 24-19. Curry found Webster for another shot from beyond the arc on the next trip for the Crimson down the floor, as Harvard began to take over with a 10-1 run, 27-19. Curry added a floated in the lane through traffic, and Rivard buried another trey to up the lead to 34-19, making it a 17-1 scoring run. Rivard hit another triple, capping a 20-1 run before the Terriers' Patrick Hazel hit a bucket as the horn sounded, as the Crimson carried a 37-21 lead into the locker room.

At the break, Webster paced the Crimson with 12 points, while Rivard added nine and Wright contributed eight. Wright also came down with five boards, as Harvard outrebounded BU, 18-13, in the frame.

Harvard also opened the second half with a dunk, as Casey put one down to give the Crimson a 39-21 advantage. With just over 16 minutes left, Rivard nailed his fourth 3-pointer of the game, extending Harvard's lead to 31, 46-25. Rivard hit another trey moments later, and Curry nailed one from the line, making it 54-32 with just over 11 minutes to go.

With eight minutes to play, Rivard nailed his sixth trey, giving the Crimson a 57-37 advantage. Following a Harvard miss, BU grabbed the rebound, but Curry quickly stole it and handed off to Casey for a highlight reel dunk and a foul. Casey hit the foul shot, giving the Crimson a 60-39 edge. Webster made an alley-oop feed to Casey for another jam and a foul, as Harvard led, 65-41, after Casey hit the free throw. Casey hit a triple next time down the court, and McNally added a bucket on the break, 70-41.

The Crimson will take a 12-day break for exams before returning to action Thursday, Dec. 22, when Harvard hosts Florida Atlanticat Laveites Pavilion at 7 p.m.