Keith Wright led Harvard to its 26th consecutive home victory with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Brown Friday night (Beverly Schaefer).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Keith Wright earned his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and collecting 10 boards, as the Harvard men's basketball team improved to 8-1 in the Ivy League with a 69-42 win over Brown Friday evening at a sold out Lavietes Pavilion.
The Crimson, which has won 26 straight home games, also moves to 22-3 overall, while the Bears slip to 7-19 and 1-8 in the Ancient Eight. Brandyn Curry dished out nine assists, while Steve Moundou-Missi tallied 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and rejected four shots. Matt Sullivan and Sean McGonagill led Brown with 11 points apiece.
Harvard shot 25-of-47 (.532) for the game, while holding a 40-23 advantage in rebounds. The Crimson also blocked 10 shots, tying the team's season-high.
Laurent Rivard drained a triple with 15:40 left in the first, giving the Crimson a 7-2 lead. The Bears came back to get within one, 11-10, and then grabbed a lead, 12-11, on a layup by Matt Sullivan. Harvard regained an advantage with a triple by Corbin Miller, and then went up, 17-14, when Christian Webster found Jonah Travis for a two-handed dunk with 11:18 left. Following two free throws by Kyle Casey, the Crimson forward added a jumper, pushing Harvard's lead to 21-14 with 9:37 remaining.
The Crimson grabbed an 11-point edge when Wesley Saunders converted a conventional 3-point play with 9:06 left, making it 25-14. With 5:09 to go, Webster dribbled the ball down the floor and finished with a layup on the break, giving Harvard a 29-14 lead. Harvard extended the scoring run to 18-0 when Rivard nailed a jumper with 3:24 left, making it a 33-14 game in favor of the Crimson.
The Bears snapped 20-0 run for the Crimson with a jumper with 1:41 left, Brown's first basket since the 12:52 mark. The Crimson carried a 37-16 lead into the locker room, as Harvard shot 63.6 percent from the field (14-of-22) in the first half, while holding Brown to 7-of-27 shooting (.259). Wright amassed a double-double in the first, scoring 10 points and collecting 10 rebounds, while Curry dished out six assists in the frame.
Brown opened the second with a 7-2 run to pull within 16, 39-23, with 17:36 remaining. With 15:16 left, Moundou-Missi made a reverse layup, drawing him. He made the ensuing layup, stretching the Crimson's lead to 19, 44-25. Harvard continued to attack the hoop, as Moundou-Missi converted another layup with just under 12 minutes to play, 50-30.
With 8:06 left, Wesley Saunders stepped to the line and connected on both, keeping Harvard in front, 54-34. Miller drained a trey 5:58 remaining, making it 58-37 in favor of the Crimson. Miller added another trey with just over four minutes to play, as Curry dished him a pass, giving Harvard a 63-37 lead. With 3:05 remaining, Christian Webster gave Harvard a 30-point edge, 67-37, when he nailed an open 3-pointer from the corner.
Harvard hosts Yale Saturday evening at 7 p.m.