Wesley Saunders led Harvard with 21 points Monday evening (Harvard Athletic Communications).
VERBANIA, Italy – The Harvard men's basketball team concluded its foreign tour trip to Italy with a 4-0 record, capped by an 81-62 win over Paffoni Omegna Monday evening.
Wesley Saunders led all players with 21 points and was 8-of-8 from the foul line, while Brandyn Curry added 18 points and five assists and Dee Giger scored 10 points for the Crimson. Saunders also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. Steve Moundou-Missi came down with nine rebounds to pace Harvard.
The Crimson and Paffoni Omegna stood tied, 6-6, after the first 4:30 of play, but Harvard followed with a 7-0 run as Curry nailed a wide open triple and then followed with a runner in the lane, making it 13-6. With just under three minutes left in the first quarter, Curry slipped a pass to Christian Webster who hit a jumper, as the Crimson led, 17-11. Harvard extended its advantage to 26-16 when Giger nailed a trey from the left corner in the last minute of play in the frame. Saunders added a layup after driving through traffic in the paint, putting the Crimson open 28-16 after the first.
With 8:23 to go in the second, Kenyatta Smith drew a flagrant foul and hit both free throws, as the Crimson opened a 33-18 lead. After Paffoni Omegna went on a 11-4 run, cutting the deficit to 37-29, Saunders made a tip-in to up Harvard's lead to 42-31. With 1:42 left, Curry found Giger for a layup, as the Crimson extended its advantage to 47-32. With one second to play, Travis was fouled after grabbing an offensive board and made the second foul shot, as Harvard led, 51-35, after the first 20 minutes.
In the third, neither team mustered much offensively early, but Casey made a reverse layup at the 3:06 mark, as the Crimson maintained a 16-point lead, 59-43. On Harvard's next possession, Curry hit a floater, giving Harvard its largest lead to that point, 61-43. The Crimson tacked on a 3-pointer by Saunders, as Harvard continued to pull away and take control, 66-43.
Entering the fourth, Harvard owned a 70-44 lead, as the Crimson surrendered only nine points in the third quarter. With 6:55 left in the game, Saunders made a move under the hoop, drawing contact, and hit the basket and ensuing free throw, giving Harvard a 25-point edge, 73-48. At the 4:19 mark, Christian Webster connected a on a 3-pointer, as Harvard went up, 78-52.