Gamecenter: Harvard 66, Brown 70

1st 2nd Final
Harvard (10-13, 3-6 Ivy) 27 39 66
Brown (8-16, 3-6 Ivy) 32 38 70
Pizzitola Center – Providence, RI Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Drew Housman drew Harvard within three with a jumper 39 seconds into the second half, but Brown responded with 11 unanswered points. Mark McAndrew drilled a three-pointer, then a Marcus Becker steal turned into fastbreak layup for Damon Huffman. After the third straight turnover for the Crimson, Chris Skrelja found Matt Mullery for a layup and foul that gave the Bears a double-digit lead. Jim Goffredo couldn’t stop the bleeding, and Huffman nailed a jumper and added a free throw for a three-point play to give Brown a 43-29 lead at the 17:32 mark.
Key sign it was over Holding a 13-point lead with under five minutes left, Brown appeared to be cruising to an easy win. But in a near mirror image of the first meeting in Boston, a 7-0 Harvard run slashed the Bears’ lead 65-50, and after McAndrew went 1-for-2 at the line, the Crimson has a shot to further cut into its deficit. However, James Lambert’s three-point attempt wouldn’t drop, and McAndrew added a free throw to push the margin back to eight with 41 seconds left. Lambert was able to knock down a three to make it 67-62, but this tie McAndrew was perfect at the line. A putback by Jeremy Lin made it a five-point game with 16 seconds left, and though Huffman missed a free throw, Housman’s layup with seven ticks on the clock would be the final scoring of the game.
Key performance Huffman scored 14 points on efficient 5-for-8 shooting (2 of 5 from three), while adding four rebounds, two assists, and six steals without committing a turnover in 36 minutes.
Key statistic In a game between two of the top teams in the nation at getting to the line, Brown had 28 attempts from the stripe to just 16 for Harvard. The Bears owned an 18-10 edge in scoring at the line.

– McAndrew once again led the way for Brown with 19 points, while Mark MacDonald had a nice game off the bench with 13 points and three blocks in 25 minutes.

– Harvard got 36 of its 66 points from its backcourt, as Goffredo went for 20 and Housman finished with 16 Housman had an impressive seven assists, but also committed an alarming six turnovers.

– The Bears got the better of the turnover battle, forcing 19 Crimson turnovers while committing only 14 and getting outscoring their guests 22-15 in points off turnovers.

– Harvard dominated on the glass, grabbing 15 of 37 misses (46.9 percent) at its own end, while holding Brown to just 12.0-percent offensive rebounding — leading to an 11-2 edge in second-chance points for the Crimson.

– Brown’s struggles defending the three-point arc cropped up again, as Harvard shot 8 of 17 (47.1 percent) from the outside. However, the Bears shot very well themselves, finishing at an even 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three.

– A technical foul was assessed to the Brown bench at the 15:14 mark of the second half after Evan Harris’s block of a layup attempt by MacDonald.

– Harvard heads over to New Haven to face Yale (11-11, 7-2 Ivy) and Brown takes on Dartmouth (8-14, 3-6 Ivy) on Saturday, February 17 at 7:00 pm ET.

Jake Wilson

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