Gamecenter: Harvard 62, Dartmouth 58

1st 2nd Final
Harvard (13-3, 2-0 Ivy) 31 31 62
Dartmouth (4-12, 0-2 Ivy) 31 27 58
Leede Arena, Hanover, NH
Attendance – 1,555
Keys to the Game
Key sequence With Dartmouth clinging to a 36-35 lead and just over 13 minutes remaining, Harvard went on a 15-1 run to take a 50-37 lead into the final six-plus minutes. Jeremy Lin scored nine points during the burst, which was capped by a Keith Wright drop-step hoop under the basket. The run included a vicious tomahawk dunk by Kyle Casey on an alley-oop pass from Oliver McNally.
Key sign it was over Down 10 points with 1:58 remaining, Dartmouth used three fearless drives to the basket by Robby Pride, a couple of 3-pointers by Jabari Trotter and Ronnie Dixon, and three one-for-two trips to the line by Harvard to make it a one-possession game at 61-58 with 17 seconds left. With Dartmouth trying to deny on the inbounds after Trotter’s triple made it a 3-point game, McNally exploded down the court and caught a home-run pass. Dixon fouled the sophomore guard from behind. The 83.3 percent free throw shooter missed his first of two attempts but canned the second to make it 62-58 with 13.8 second left. Dartmouth’s last hope disappeared when Pride’s 3-pointer from the top missed with eight seconds showing and David Rufful’s desperation 3 on the rebound was well off target.
Key performance Freshman forward Kyle Casey recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field in 30 active minutes off the bench. Casey has averaged 17.2 points over his past five games after reaching double figures just once in his first 11 contests. Included in his night’s work were a pair of dunks.
Key statistic Dartmouth’s three big men – Matt LaBove, Clive Weeden and David Rufful – were a combined 3-for-19 from the field and managed just seven points on the game.

– Jeremy Lin (19 points) and Keith Wright (13) joined Casey in double figures. Wright was 6-for-9 from the field.

– Dartmouth got 15 points from Ronnie Dixon, 13 from Robby Pride and 12 from Jabari Trotter.

– Dartmouth shot 40.4 percent from the field while Harvard was at 39.0 percent. The Big Green had been 4-0 when shooting above 40 percent this year.

– Harvard was just 2-for-17 from outside the arc and 14-of-26 from the foul line in its first game since walloping Dartmouth 76-47 on Jan. 9.

– After Christian Webster opened the night’s scoring for Harvard, Dartmouth ran off the next 13 points.

– A Kyle Casey dunk at 9:31 of the first half triggered an 18-2 run that gave the Crimson a 28-22 lead heading into the final minute of the half.

– After a Trotter 3-pointer and Pride layup got the Big Green back within one, Casey knocked down a 3-pointer from the left baseline at the buzzer on a feed from Lin to make it 31-27 at the break.

– With the win Harvard has recorded the first sweep in the travel-partner series since 2005-06. The teams had split the last three years.

– Dartmouth has won four of the last six meetings between the teams at Leede Arena.

– Harvard has won six consecutive games, its best streak since the 1996-97 team also won six in a row. That team finished 17-9 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League.

– The game drew 1,555, the season-high for a Dartmouth home game.

– Harvard returns to action Friday at Columbia. Dartmouth will be at Cornell that night.

Bruce Wood

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