Brown Falls To Harvard 89-82, In Double Overtime
Boston, Mass. - Christian Webster scored seven of his 16 points in the second overtime period as first place Harvard outscored Brown, 11-4, in the final overtime period to escape with an 89-82 win over the Bears. Brown falls to 8-10 overall, 2-2 in the Ivy League, with both of its league losses coming in overtime. Harvard extended its record to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in Ivy play.
Trailing by 21 points, 63-41, with 13 minutes left in the game, Brown staged a furious second half comeback bid, pulling to within two points, 69-67, on a trey by junior guard Sean McGonagill with 13.1 seconds remaining.
Brown senior Matt Sullivan stole Harvard's inbounds pass, and following a miss by sophomore Joe Sharkey, the ball ended up in McGonagill's hands once again. He coolly converted a mid-range jump shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, 69-69.
A frenetic first overtime saw Brown and Harvard exchange baskets and treys with Bears' senior Stephen Albrecht sending the game into double overtime on a trey 18.3 seconds remaining.
Harvard never trailed in the second overtime, as the Bears seemed to run out of gas. Christian Webster's trey on Harvard's opening possession, gave the Crimson the lead for good.
"I'm proud of the effort and dedication of our team to come back from a 21-point deficit," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "It's hard to dig a hole like that against a team like Harvard. Give Harvard credit. They are a good team, who shots in overtime.
McGonagill scored a game high 20 points without leaving the court, playing all 50 minutes. He also handed out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds. Senior Matt Sullivan netted 18 points, and connected on 9-of-10 free throws.
Brown sophomore center Rafael Maia, scored 12 points and continued his torrid shooting, connecting on 5-of-7 shots from the field. Maia converted 15 of 18 field goals in back-to back games this weekend. Albrecht finished with 12 points, all on treys.
Wesley Saunders paced the Crimson with 18 points on 8-of-13, while Siyani Chambers posted a double-double, scoring 17 points and handing out 10 assists.
Harvard jumped out to an early 11 point lead, 27-16, following a trey by Champers with just over 10 minutes left in the opening half.
The Bears turned the momentum in their favor and cut the Crimson lead to six points, 38-32, with 3:02 left in the half on a lay-up by Marr Sullivan.
An 11-2 spurt, capped off two Chambers' free throws, gave Harvard its biggest lead, 49-34, just before the half. A coast-to-coast lay-up by Brown's Sean McGonagill cut Harvard's lead to 49-36 at the half.
Another Crimson surge surge at the beginning of the second half lifted Harvard to its biggest lead, 63-41, with 13 minutes remaining following a trey by Laurent Rivard.
Brown makes the final stops in its five-game road trip next weekend, traveling to Princeton, NJ to face Princeton on February 8 at 7 pm, and then to the Palestra in Philadelphia to battle Penn on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm.