After a 9-2 run out of the break to close a 16-point halftime deficit to 40-31, the Big Green went cold from the field and freshman Dee Giger came alive for Harvard. Giger pulled off a baseline drive for a one-handed dunk and then drove the lane and converted a scoop shot with the foul. Sophomore forward Keith Wright also added a two-handed dunk as part of an 18-6 run that put Harvard up 58-37 with under 12 minutes to go.
Key sign it was over
Up 65-42 after the under four media timeout, Lin made a couple free throws, sophomore forward Andrew Van Nest drained a long jumper, and Harvard got a few buckets in transition as it posted a 10-1 run in just 1:30 before coach Tommy Amaker called a timeout to pull his key players with 2:27 to go.
Wright owned the interior in the first half, scoring 16 first-half points. He finished with 22 points, six boards and three blocks. Wright has now scored in double digits in his last six Ivy League games and grabbed at least six rebounds in every game during that span as well.
Harvard turned the ball over 15 times in just 66 possessions (23 percent) while Dartmouth gave the ball up 20 times or on 30 percent of possessions. The Crimson has made a living this season by turning teams over, but has killed its otherwise highly efficient offense by handing the ball back even more frequently. The Big Green is quite skilled at forcing turnovers itself, while committing more than average, so the end result here should not have been that surprising.
– Freshman guard Christian Webster and Lin joined Wright in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Lin also added six steals.
– Dartmouth shot just 34.5 percent from the field, while Harvard connected on 55.2 percent of its opportunities.
– The Crimson rebounded at a 44.4 percent rate on the offensive end compounding the field goal percentage disparity.(six).
– Dartmouth’s Ronnie Dixon was the only Big Green player in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
– Only one player (Lin) on either team played as many as 30 minutes, while 10 players on Dartmouth and nine players on Harvard saw at least 10 minutes.
– Harvard scored more points in the paint (50) than Dartmouth had for the game (47).
– The rematch between the travel partners will be in exactly two weeks on January 23rd at 7:00 p.m.