Harvard’s Second Half Rally Overtakes Brown, 74-68

Providence, Rhode Island -  Despite a career high 29 points by Brown sophomore forward Tucker Halpern, first place Harvard rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bears, 74-68, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Junior guard Oliver McNally led the Crimson with 20 points.
 

The victory lifts the Crimson to 21-4 overall, 10-1 in the Ivy League, holding a half game lead over second place Princeton.  Brown falls to 10-15 overall, 3-8 in Ivy play.

 

Halpern's 29 points came on 10 of 15 shooting from the field, including 6 of 9 from behind the three point arc.  He also handed out a game high five assists. Halpern's six treys rank eighth best in the Brown record book.

 

Freshman Sean McGonagill scored 12 points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds for the Bears, while senior Peter Sullivan also netted 12 points.

 

Mcnally had 13 of his team high 20 points in the first half, and finished the game with 7 of 13 shooting from the field, including 3 of 6 treys.  Keith Wright registered a double-double for the Crimnson with 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds.  Freshman Laurent Rivard also scored in double figures with 12 points.

 

As it did in the first game two weeks ago, Brown had put together a strong first half,  jumping out to an early 17-7 lead on a dunk by sophomore Andrew McCarthy six minutes into the game.

 

The Bears later extended their lead to 13 points, 32-18, on a lay-up by  Halpern with 5:18 left in the half.  A trey by Sullivan with 3:07 left in the half put the Bears up by 15 points, 36-21, before settling on a 41-30 halftime advantage.

 

Brown shot a sizzling 57-percent (16-28) in the first half, with Halpern scoring 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting.

 

Harvard clawed back and grabbed a 48-47 lead with 12:00 remaining on a mid-range jump shot by Kyle Casey.  The Crimson upped their lead to eight points, 62-54, on a trey by Barrington's Matt Brown with 7:47 remaining.

 

The Bears came roaring back and pulled to within two points, 67-65, on a Halpern trey with 4:01 left in the game. But the Bears went cold from the field and Harvard coasted to the six point win.

 

The Crimson used 52-percent shooting in the second half (14 of 27) to overtake the Bears, who shot just 36-percent from the field (9-25) after intermission.

 

The Bears will play their final home game of the season Saturday night against Dartmouth.  It's Senior Day for four Brown seniors and all the action tips-off at 6:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

Pictured:  Tucker Halpern '13.  photo by dspics.com