Boston, Mass. – Harvard utilized a 20-0 first half run to take control of the game and cruise to a 69-42 Ivy League win over Brown Friday evening at Levietes Pavilion. Freshman Steve Moundou-Missi led the Crimson with 14 points.
Harvard maintained first place in the Ivy standings and extended its record to 22-3 overall, 8-1 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 7-19, 1-8 in Ivy play.
The good news for the Brown was the return of injured sophomore guard Sean McGonagill, its top scorer, who missed last week's games against Columbia and Cornell. McGonagill responded with 11 points in 37 minutes of play.
Unfortunately, the bad news for the Bears was the absence of junior forward Andrew McCarthy, its top rebounder and second leading scorer, who missed the game due to back spasms.
Moundou-Missi scored his 14 points on sizzling 4 of 5 shooting from the field. Senior Keith Wright set the table for the Crimson with a double-double in the first half (10 points, 10 rebounds), and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Wright connected on 6 of 8 field goals, all in the paint.
Harvard held a decided advantage on the backboards, out-rebounding the Bears by a 40-23 margin.
The opening seven minutes resembled a chess match with both teams checking each other out. Brown trailed by just one point, 15-14, after a McGonagill lay-up with 12:40 left in the half.
Harvard blitzed the Bears with 20 consecutive points, holding Brown scoreless for the next 11 minutes, to take over the game and grab a 35-14 advantage with 1:40 remaining. Wright amassed a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds, as Harvard led, 37-16, at intermission.
The Bears came to life in the opening minutes of the second half, outscoring the Crimson, 7-2, to trail, 39-23, on an Albrecht field goal. But that was as close as the Bears could get the rest of the game.
The Bears head up to Hanover, New Hampshire to face Dartmouth on Saturday evening, with tip-off at 7:00 p.m.