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Harvard Men’s Basketball Downs Seattle, Improves to 8-0 for First Time Since 1984-85

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Jonah Travis shot 6-of-8 from the field and finished with 19 points (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jonah Travis tallied a career-high 19 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds for a double-double, and Laurent Rivard added 14 points as the Harvard men's basketball team topped Seattle, 80-70, before 1,896 fans Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.

Travis shot 6-of-8 from the floor and made 7-of-9 foul shots, while Rivard drained 6-of-7 chances from the line. With the victory, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker earns the 250th of his head coaching career.  The Crimson is off to its best start (8-0) since the 1984-85 campaign. Harvard also extends its home win streak to a program-best 19 straight games.

Up next, the Crimson will visit No. 8 Connecticut, the defending national champion, Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

Brandyn Curry netted eight points and dished out four assists and Kyle Casey netted eight points for the Crimson in the win over Seattle (2-4), while Clarence Trent (14 points) and Aaron Broussard (12 points) led the Redhawks. The Crimson shot 41.1 percent for the game (23-of-56), and went 29-of-36 from the foul line (.806). Seattle made 53.8 percent of its shots (28-of-52) in a losing effort.

Casey scored Harvard's first four points, as the Crimson lead, 6-4, early on. Casey added another bucket with just under 17 minutes to go in the half, as Harvard opened a 10-6 advantage. Seattle got back within one, 11-10, until Travis buried both from the line to get Harvard back up by three. With the shot clock winding down, Rivard converted on a difficult floater in the lane, making it 15-10 in favor of the Crimson.

With 11:33 left in the frame, Casey dished a pass to Corbin Miller, who nailed a trey from the left corner, as Harvard opened a 20-12 lead. The Redhawks scored the next two baskets to get back within four, 20-16, but Brandyn Curry answered with a jumper with just over nine minutes remaining.

Travis hit a fall away jumper and made the foul shot after being fouled with 8:17 to go, as the Crimson started to take control, 25-16. Seattle got back into the game with consecutive 3-pointers, cutting the deficit to five, 27-22, with 7:05 remaining. Travis converted another conventional 3-point play, as Harvard pushed the lead back to eight, 30-22. With just over five minutes late, Rivard nailed a trey from the corner, making it a 10-point game, 35-25. With 40 seconds left in the half, Travis followed a missed Harvard shot with a two-handed slam, bringing the crowd at Lavietes to its feet and making the score 42-30, entering halftime.

At the break, Travis led Harvard with 10 points in only eight minutes, while Rivard netted eight points in period one. Harvard made 12-of-14 foul shots in the first half (.857).

Opening the second, Casey hit a layup and Christian Webster buried a trey as Harvard grabbed its largest lead to that point, 47-32. After Oliver McNally made a conventional 3-point play after drawing harm, Rivard stepped to the line and drained two, making it 52-38. Rivard nailed another trey with just under 15 minutes left, as the Crimson opened a 17-point edge, 55-38.

With 13 minutes to go, Travis made another layup after being fouled and hit the ensuing free throw to make it 58-42 in favor of the Crimson. After Curry made three foul shots within 34 seconds, Steve Moundou-Missi made a basket on a tip-in, giving Harvard a 63-49 lead.

With 8:01 left, Curry buried a trey after receiving a pass from McNally, as the Crimson maintained a 15-point lead, 66-51. Travis continued to score in the paint and hit a left-handed shot, making it 70-54, with just over five minutes left. Travis capped off his double-double with an offensive board and a bucket with 2:56 to play, as Harvard led, 74-58.