Christian Webster had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting in his first collegiate start (Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard held the New Hampshire Wildcats without a two-point basket in the first half Wednesday night as the Crimson raced past their guests en route to a 78-60 victory at Lavietes Pavilion on Thanksgiving Eve.
Harvard improves to 4-1 on the season heading into Sunday evening's game at nearby Boston University. UNH falls to 1-2 after its second straight road loss.
Harvard jumped out to an 11-2 start as the Crimson connected on its first four shots and UNH floundered without a field goal for the first 4:26 of play. UNH made just four baskets in the opening half. Luckily for them, they were all from long range. The Wildcats were also aided by foul trouble on Harvard's part with UNH going to the charity stripe 22 times in the half to remain close.
Still, Harvard enjoyed a steady lead throughout a half that saw the Crimson shoot 70 percent for much of the opening session. The Crimson took a commanding 46-26 lead into the locker room thanks to a buzzer-beating triple from Jeremy Lin.
It was all Harvard in the second half with the home side leading by 32 before going deep into its bench as 11 different players logged at least 10 minutes of action.
Lin led all players with 18 points (6-9 FG) to go with seven rebounds in just 23 minutes on the court. No Crimson player had more than 24 minutes on the floor. Christian Webster, in his first collegiate start, added 15 points on 6-9 shooting with two steals. Classmate Dee Giger had 11 points and sophomore guard Oliver McNally had nine assists and no turnovers while pulling down five rebounds.
Harvard finished the game shooting 51 percent (25-49) and 92 percent from the foul line (22-24).
UNH was led by Radar Onguetou's 12 points.