Pictured: Dee Giger drives past an MIT defender en route to 14 points in Monday's 88-61 win over the previously unbeaten Engineers (Kevin Burns)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard methodically pulled away from visiting MIT in a battle of Cambridge neighbors Monday afternoon as the Crimson won easily, 88-61, at Lavietes Pavilion.
MIT, ranked 22nd nationally in Division III, entered the game undefeated with its best start in program history and sees its record dip to 11-1 overall. Harvard improves to 8-3 with the victory as the Crimson improves to 5-0 at home this season.
The statistics told the story in this one as Harvard's deep bench outscored MIT by a count of 43-7. Harvard also battered the smaller Engineers in the paint, outscoring its guest, 54-18.
Jeremy Lin led all scorers with 18 points in 26 minutes while adding four assists, three blocks, three steals and four rebounds. Pat Magnarelli added 16 points (7-9 FG) and eight rebounds in 19 minutes. Dee Giger added 14 points in 22 minutes and Christian Webster had 10 points, six assists and three steals.
Keith Wright had four blocks as the Crimson swatted 11 MIT shots on the day.
Harvard led by as many as 15 points in the first half though MIT cut the deficit to six, 44-38, following a 3-pointer by Billy Bender early in the second half. The Crimson rattled off nine straight points afterwards however as part of a 20-6 run to claim a 64-44 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Harvard also closed the game with a 16-4 run.
MIT was led by Mitchell Kates's 14 points (6-16 FG) and five assists.
MIT stayed close thanks to impressive long range shooting with nine early trifectas. The Engineers could not get a triple to fall for the final 13:30 of play however, in ending the game 9-of-25.
Harvard shot 55 percent from the floor overall (33-60) and was 17-of-22 from the free throw line.