Harvard Uses Rebounding Advantage To Down Brown, 61-52

Harvard Uses Rebounding Advantage To Down Brown, 61-52

Providence, R.I. - Freshman Corey Johnson scored a game-high 24 points by knocking down six treys to lead Harvard to a 61-52 win over Brown Saturday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

Harvard improves to 12-16 overall, 4-8 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 8-19, 3-9 in Ivy play.

 

"I thought our effort was really good after the first five minutes," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "The ball just wouldn't go in the basket tonight. We gave them too many possessions and Harvard's length and athleticism bothered us by the rim."

 

Bears' senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA), playing in his final home game on Senior Day, posted his 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He moved into 17th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,152 career points, moving past a trio of Brown greats - Russ Tyler, who scored 1,133 points from 1968-1971, Matt Mullery, who tallied 1,134 career points from 2006-2010, and Lou Murgo with 1,147 points from 1951-1955.

 

Junior point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) also scored in double figures for the Bears with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while handing out five assists.

 

The Crimson defense held Brown to just 30-percent shooting from the field (17-of-55), including just 26-percent (5-of-19) from beyond the three-point arc.

 

Harvard used its decided height advantage to out rebound the Bears by a 49-34 margin.  Crimson forward Agunwa Okolie scored 10 points and dominated the backboards with a career high 19 rebounds.

 

Johnson's 24 points came on 9-of-20 shooting from the field, including 6-of-15 from beyond the three-point arc.

 

Harvard jumped out to 26-11 lead to open the game following Johnson's third trey of the contest with 6:52 left in the opening half.

 

The Bears got back in the game with a 10-2 to end the half, 28-21, after a Kuakumensah field goal with 55 seconds left.

 

Kuakumensah's layup to open the second half pulled the Bears to its closest margin, 28-23, but the Crimson slowly pulled away, leading by as many as 15 points, 44-29, with 8:22 left to play following a basket by Patrick Steeves.

 

Brown closes out its 2016 season on the road next week, traveling to New York City on Friday, March 4 to face Columbia at 7:00 pm, and concluding its season in Ithaca, NY on Saturday, March 5 against Cornell at 6:00 pm.