Harvard Men’s Basketball Picks Up 72-66 Win at Yale

Steve Moundou-Missi had a team-high 17 points against Yale (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard men's basketball team completed a weekend sweep on the road, as the Crimson knocked off Yale, 72-66, at the Lee Amphitheater Saturday evening.

Five Crimson players reached double figures in scoring, as Harvard (17-7) remains in first place in the Ivy League with a 9-1 conference record. Steve Moundou-Missi paced the Crimson with 17 points, going 6-of-7 from the floor. Wesley Saunders scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Laurent Rivard drained three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Siyani Chambers handed out seven assists and finished with 14 points, while Christian Webster hit 3-pointers and had 10 points.

Matt Townsend and Javier Duren led Yale with 15 points each, as the Bulldogs fall to 11-16 and 5-5 in conference play.

Harvard finished the game shooting 54.5 percent and was 6-of-16 from beyond the arc (.375). Moundou-Missi led the Crimson with six rebounds, while Chambers made three steals.

The Crimson will remain on the road and will visit Princeton in a key Ancient Eight contest Friday, March 1. The game, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be broadcast on ESPNU.

After Yale opened with a 4-2 lead, Saunders threw down a one-handed dunk, but the Bulldogs went up, 9-5, at the first media timeout. Saunders made two foul shots and then hit a jumper, tying the game, 9-9. Saunders put Harvard in front, 12-11, with a layup with his left hand with just over 12 minutes to play, and then Moundou-Missi threw down a two-handed dunk, making it 14-11.

Harvard added to its lead, 16-11, when Saunders had a highlight reel one-handed jam with the foul. Saunders continued to remain on fire, scoring on another and-one, as the Crimson remained in front, 18-13. Chambers added a layup, and Rivard drained a triple, as Harvard led by five, 23-18, with less than five minutes to go.

After Yale got back within one, 23-22, Chambers nailed two from the charity stripe, and then he added a layup after being fouled, 28-24. With less than two minutes to play, Saunders found Moundou-Missi for an alley-oop, 30-26, and then Moundou-Missi hit another bucket as the Crimson went up by six. Harvard led, 34-28, at the half, with Saunders leading all players with 12 points.

Chambers scored on a layup to open the second, 36-28, and then Saunders followed with another bucket in the paint, 38-32. After the Bulldogs cut their deficit to three, 38-35, Moundou-Missi answered with a two-handed dunk to put Harvard back up by five. Rivard launched a 3-pointer from the wing, as Harvard grabbed a 43-35 advantage, but Yale went on a 7-0 run to make it a one-point game, 43-42, with just under 14 minutes remaining.

After the Bulldogs pulled ahead, 44-43, Rivard gave the Crimson a 46-44 lead with another trey. With Yale leading, 49-46, the Bulldogs were called for a technical foul, and Rivard drained both foul shots to make it a one-point game. Chambers sent a pass to Moundou-Missi for a dunk, as the Crimson trailed by three, 56-53, with just over eight minutes to go.

Chambers tied the game with an and-one and the ensuing foul shot, 56-56, and then Kenyatta Smith fought off a defender and finished with a hook shot, 58-56. Christian Webster connected on a triple from the top of the key with just over five minutes left as Harvard led by five, 61-56.

With Harvard up two, Webster drained another trey, as the Crimson went up by two possessions, 64-59. Moundou-Missi made a lefty hook shot, keeping Harvard up five, 66-61, and then Chambers nailed one foul shot with 1:11 to play, 69-64. With 29.9 ticks left, Moundou-Missi sank two free throws, 71-66.