Keith Wright recorded his second double-double of the season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Keith Wright led No. 25 Harvard with a double-double on 12 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting, as the Crimson men's basketball team defeated Florida Atlantic by a score of 63-51 at Lavietes Pavilion Thursday evening. With the win, Harvard improves to 10-1 overall and extends its home win streak to 20 games.
Brandyn Curry had seven assists and made four steals, while scoring 12 points, and Christian Webster added eight points in the win for the Crimson. Raymond Taylor netted 14 points, while Andre Mattison tallied 10 points for the Owls, which fall to 4-8 on the year. Harvard shot 55.3 percent from the floor (21-of-38) for the game, making 4-of-8 3-point attempts (.500), and the Crimson outrebounded FAU, 34-20.
Curry gave the Crimson an early 4-0 edge when he hit a basket through traffic in the paint. The Owls crawled to get back within one, 6-5, before Harvard's Wesley Saunders drilled two from the line with just under 15 minutes to play to make it 8-5. Saunders followed with an assist moments later, finding Steve Moundou-Missi for a bucket, as Harvard led, 10-9. With just over 12 minutes to go, Curry made an alley-oop pass to Moundou-Missi for a two-handed jam, making it 12-11 in favor of the Crimson.
After FAU took a lead, 13-12, Corbin Miller responded with a wide-open trey, pulling the Crimson back in front, 15-13. With nine minutes to play, Oliver McNally made a pass to Keith Wright on the break for two points, as Harvard led, 19-17. Laurent Rivard added a bucket from under the hoop with four minutes to play in the half, as the Crimson opened a 26-23 advantage. McNally connected on a layup through traffic with just under three minutes remaining, as the Crimson pulled ahead, 31-25. Christian Webster nailed a trey on the Crimson's next possession, giving Harvard a nine-point edge, 34-25.
The Crimson headed to the locker room with a 34-28 lead. Webster paced the Crimson with six points at the break, as Harvard shot 58 percent from the floor (11-of-19). Harvard also owned a 17-9 advantage in rebounds after the first 20 minutes.
The Owls scored five of the first seven points in the second to get within three, 36-33. After FAU cut the Harvard lead to just two, 38-36, Wright answered with a jumper in the paint, opening the lead back to four. FAU came right back to grab a 41-40 lead with just under 13 minutes left. The Crimson reclaimed the lead with a 3-pointer from the right side by Rivard, 43-41.
After FAU tied it, Curry nailed two from the foul line with just over seven minutes left, and then Rivard added another free throw, as the Crimson went back ahead, 48-45. Curry made a dish to McNally for a triple from the corner, making it 51-47 in favor of Harvard. Wright scored the next four points for the Crimson, coming on a dunk and tip-in, as Harvard extended its lead to 55-47 with under four minutes to play.
The Crimson made its free throws down the stretch and continued to pull away, leading, 61-49, with two minutes remaining.
After the holidays, Harvard will return to the court and will visit Boston College Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. The Crimson has won three straight games against the Eagles.