Gamecenter: Harvard 51, Brown 71

1st 2nd Final
Harvard (6-16, 1-5 Ivy) 16 35 51
Brown (12-8, 4-2 Ivy) 37 34 71
Pizzitola Center – Providence, RI Boxscore
 
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Jeremy Lin’s layup was the only basket Harvard would manage in the first 8:52, as Brown raced out to an 11-2 lead. The Crimson had put together a few decent possessions and trailed 16-8, when Brown reeled off eight straight points to open up a commanding lead. Adrian Williams’s two free throws made it 24-8 with 6:42 to play before halftime, as the Bears cruised into intermission with a big lead and Harvard never recovered.
Key sign it was over Williams sank a three-pointer at the 9:39 mark of the second half to put Brown up 61-35 — a deficit from which Harvard would not be able to recover.
Key performance Chris Skrelja had a solid game with sevens all around, reaching that total in points, rebounds, and assists in 33 minutes.
Key statistic Harvard shot just 6 of 27 (22.2 percent) in the first 20 minutes — including just 1 of 12 from three-point range. Meanwhile, Brown had no such problems, ending the half 13 of 23 (56.5 percent) overall and 4 of 10 (40.0 percent) from three, en route to a 37-16 advantage at the break.
 
Notes

– Seldom-used Alek Blankenau took advantage of some minute off the bench to lead Harvard with 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from three, while Kyle Fitzgerald had 10 in a reserve role, as no Crimson starter scored more than seven points.

– Mark McAndrew again was the top scorer for Brown with 14, while Williams chipped in with 13.

– The Bears punished Crimson mistakes, forcing their guests into 16 turnovers against just 11 of their own and outscoring them 19-4 in points off turnovers.

– Harvard got the better of the battle of the boards, rebounding at 38.5 percent offensively, while holding Brown to just 12.0 percent at its end. Yet the visitors outscored their hosts by just an 11-5 margin on these second chances.

– The Bears had a giant edge at the line, where they were 17 of 24 (70.8 percent), while the Crimson perfect on its mere eight attempts from the stripe.

– Harvard will host league leader Cornell on Friday, February 15, while Brown heads down to face former coach Glen Miller’s Penn team that night, with both games scheduled to tip off at 7:00 pm ET.

Jake Wilson

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