February 26, 2005

Bears Toppled By Harvard, 80-68

Feb. 26, 2005

Box Score

Cambridge, Mass. - Junior center Brian Cusworth scored 19 points, and junior Matt Stehle registered a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, to lead Harvard to an 80-68 Ivy League win over Brown.

The win lifts the Crimson to 12-13 overall and 7-5 in the Ivy League, while Brown drops to 10-15 overall and 3-8 in Ivy play.

Harvard led from start to finish, leading by as many as 11 points in the first half, 15-4, on a basket by junior Zach Martin with 11:21 remaining. The Bears battled back and trailed 33-26 at the half, with five of its nine field goals coming from behind the three-point arc. Crimson center Brian Cusworth led all scorers with 11 first half points.

The Crimson scored the first six points of the second half to grab their biggest lead, 39-26, on two free throws by Matt Stehle with 18:09 remaining. The Bears answered by outscoring the Crimson 13-2 over the next two minutes to pull to within two points, 41-39, on a layup by Jason Forte with 15:59 left to play. But that was as close as the Bears would get as the Crimson scored the game's next four points to take control once again.

The second half turned into a free throw contest with both teams shooting extremely well from the charity stripe. Harvard connected on 27 of 30 free throws for the game (90 percent), including 21 of 23 in he second half. The Bears converted 20 of 23 free throws overall (87 percent), including 17 of 18 in the second half.

Forte led the Bears with 23 points and a team high 8 rebounds. He connected on 7 of 16 shots from the field and 8 of 9 free throws. Sophomore Sam Manhanga registered a season high 16 points and 7 rebounds, connecting on 8 of 8 free throws, and junior Luke Ruscoe added 11 points for the Bears. Sophomore Marcus Becker netted a career high 12 points for the Bears, hitting four three-point baskets.

Cusworth controlled the paint for the Crimson, hitting 7 of 9 field goals and 5 of 5 free throws for his 19 points. Stehle connected on 9 of 10 free throws and 3 of 5 shots from the field to score 16 points. Senior Kevin Rogus also scored in double figures with 11 points.

The Bears will return home next Friday and Saturday against Columbia and Cornell at the Pizzitola Sports Center.