Okolie Fuels Men's Basketball's Second-Half Comeback Over Brown, 79-73

Okolie recorded his second-career double-double and second in as many games (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Trailing 33-28 at the half, Agunwa Okolie ignited a second-half comeback as the Harvard men's basketball team sealed a 79-73 victory over Brown Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. 

Okolie finished with his second-consecutive double-double, tallying 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Corbin Miller matched Okolie with 15 points, while Corey Johnson and Patrick Steeves added 14 points apiece and Zena Edosomwan chipped in 13.

Tavon Blackmon scored a game-high 19 points and dished out six assists to lead Brown (7-14, 2-5 Ivy League), with Obi Okolie, Agunwa's brother, adding 14 points and six rebounds.

The victory marks Harvard's (10-13, 2-5 Ivy League) 13th-consecutive win over Brown, extending the longest win streak versus an Ivy opponent in program history.

The Crimson will return to Lavietes Pavilion tomorrow to take on Yale at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on NESN in the New England region and on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Harvard took a 10-4 lead at the first media timeout and led 15-7 with 13:23 to play. Brown was able to capitalize on Harvard turnovers and chipped away at the deficit, taking its first lead of the night on a JR Hobbie four-point play, 19-17.

Steeves netted nine of Harvard's next 11 points to put the game at 29-28 in favor of the Crimson, but Brown responded with a pair of buckets to take a 33-28 lead at the half.

The teams traded baskets for the first six minutes of the second half until a 3-pointer by Johnson put the Crimson back on top, 44-43. Johnson's third triple of the game gave Harvard the lead for good, 47-45, with Okolie's desperation 3 to beat the shot clock, extending the margin to 58-50 with 7:43 remaining.

Brown made it a one-possession game with just over five minutes to go at 58-55, but Johnson and Miller drilled back-to-back shots from deep to push Harvard's lead to 64-56. Brown dug back in to make it a 74-71 game with 19 seconds on the clock, but Miller converted 4-of-4 at the line over the final 13 ticks to seal the 79-73 victory.

Game Notes: Head coach Tommy Amaker has moved into a tie with former Yale head coach Dick Kuchen and current Penn, former Cornell, head coach Steve Donahue for ninth place in Ivy League history with 80 Ancient Eight wins … Harvard has won 13-straight games versus Brown, the longest win streak versus an Ivy League opponent in program history … Agunwa Okolie recorded a double-double with 15 points and a career-best 12 rebounds, his second-career double-double and second in as many games … Agunwa Okolie led Harvard in points (15), rebounds (12) and assists (6), becoming the second member of the Crimson to do so this year … Five Crimson scored in double-figures for the second time this year … Harvard has hit at least five 3-pointers in 22 of 23 games this season … Harvard has recorded 116 blocks on the year, the seventh-highest total in program history.