ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Wright, Webster Guide Men's Basketball Past Colorado, 82-66

Junior Keith Wright had 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

 
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Christian Webster had 20 and Keith Wright netted 19 points, to go along with nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks, as the Harvard men's basketball team toppled visiting Colorado by a score of 82-66 Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.  

With the win, the Crimson, which improves to 4-1 on the season, earns the first victory over a Big 12 opponent in program history and also picks up a win over a BCS conference opponent for the fourth straight season. Harvard last defeated a BCS foe at home during the 2007-08 season with a 62-51 win over Michigan on Dec. 1, 2007.

The Crimson, who never trailed in the game, commanded an early lead as Brandyn Curry buried a three from the right corner at 17:03, making it 7-3.  On the next Harvard possession, Andrew Van Nest also drained a trey to give Harvard a seven-point advantage. After Colorado (2-3) went on a 7-0 run to tie the game, Wright followed a missed three by Curry and dunked home the rebound to put Harvard back on top, 12-10 at the 13:25 mark. Wright, who had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks at the intermission, made his fourth basket of the half with 8:46 remaining to put Harvard up, 22-15.      

Wright continued his strong offensive showing in the first half when he flushed home his second dunk of the period with 6:22 to play, as Harvard took its largest lead, 28-17. The Crimson carried a 37-28 lead into halftime, holding the Buffaloes to only 10-of-29 shooting (.345), while Harvard shot at a 42 percent clip (10-of-24).

The Crimson scored the first five points of the second half, as Oliver McNally drilled a three and Wright added another layup, pushing the Harvard lead to 14, 42-28. Harvard maintained its double-digit lead for the rest of the second half, going ahead b y as much as 21. Webster made a three from the left corner with 16:27 to go, as Harvard buried its first three treys of the second stanza to move ahead by 17, 49-32.

McNally hit two from the charity stripe with just over 10 minutes to play, helping Harvard, which made 22-of-26 chances from the line for the game take an 18-point advantage, 59-41.   Colorado went on an 8-0 run midway through the frame until Wright hit a hook shot in the paint to make it 64-51 with 8:28 to go.  The Buffaloes would not get any closer, as Harvard owned a 15-point lead or higher for the remainder of the game.

Harvard shot 51 percent (25-49) for the game and owned a 22-5 edge in assists and 31-28 in rebounds. The Crimson buried 10 triples on the day and held the Buffaloes to only two successful shots from beyond the arc. Cory Higgins led the way for the Buffaloes with 21 points and three rebounds, while Alec Burks chipped in with 20 points (10-10 FT) and five boards.

McNally had a big game for Harvard, finishing with 17 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and a 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line while also collecting five assists and four rebounds.

Harvard will remain at home to host Fordham Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.