No. 21/25 Harvard Men's Basketball Wins Ninth Straight, Downs Penn, 56-50
Corbin Miller went 3-of-7 from long distance (Drew Hallowell).
PHILADELPHIA – Corbin Miller tallied a career-high 17 points, making three treys, while Keith Wright grabbed 13 rebounds, as the No. 21/25 Harvard men's basketball team earned a 56-50 win on the road over Penn at the Palestra Friday evening.
The victory improves Harvard's overall record to 21-2 and makes the Crimson 7-0 in the Ivy League, both program records. Harvard has also won nine consecutive games, a season-high. Penn sees its record slip to 12-11 and 4-2 in the Ancient Eight.
The Crimson shot 34.7 percent for the game (17-of-49), while holding the Quakers to 31.6 percent shooting (18-of-57). Brandyn Curry dished out four assists, while Kyle Casey scored 17 points. Penn's Zack Rosen dished out six assists, but was held to 6-of-22 shooting, scoring 16 points, while Miles Cartwright added 12 points for the Quakers.
Up next, Harvard will travel to Princeton for another key Ivy contest Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live nationally on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Casey opened the scoring by connecting on an open jump shot, but the Quakers tallied the next five points to take an early 5-2 lead. Casey added another basket to cut the Crimson deficit to 5-4. With 14 minutes left in the first, Casey drained a triple to put Harvard back on top, 7-5. Casey continued to attack the basket, tying the game, 9-9, with a layup under the hoop with 11:45 to go.
Curry hit the front end of two foul shots to put Harvard ahead, 10-9, while Laurent Rivard drained both of his free throw attempts, making it 12-11. With 8:23 remaining, Steve Moundou-Miss came down with an offensive rebound and finished with a reverse layup, making it 14-13 in favor of the Crimson. The Quakers came back to take a 17-14 advantage, but Wright grabbed his eighth board of the half and was fouled going up for a layup. Wright went to the line and drained both, getting the Crimson back within one, 17-16.
Moundou-Missi followed by connecting on a jumper, and Corbin Miller drained a trey, as Harvard grabbed a 21-17 lead with 3:54 remaining. Casey netted another jump shot on the Crimson's next trip down the floor, extending the advantage to 23-17. In the final minutes of the frame, Penn got within four, 25-21, with 1:42 to play, but the Crimson made three foul shots down the stretch to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room. At the break, Casey led all scorers with 11 points, while Wright collected 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Both teams struggled shooting in the first half, with the Crimson making 32.0 percent (8-of-25) and Penn going 8-of-27 (.296).
Oliver McNally made a move on the baseline and finished with a layup to score Harvard's first basket of the second, giving the Crimson a 30-23 lead. The Quakers responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game, 30-30, but Miller snapped Harvard's drought with a triple to regain a Crimson lead, 33-30.
Harvard went on its own 7-0 scoring run and took a 41-32 advantage with consecutive jumpers by Casey and Miller with 8:16 left to go. Miller netted a triple with 7:18 to play, extending the Crimson lead to 10, 44-34. After Penn got within six, 47-41, Casey hit a bucket in the lane after being fouled, making it 49-41, with 4:27 remaining.
With 32.3 ticks left on the clock, Miller drained two foul shots to put Harvard up by six, 53-47, but Penn hit a 3-pointer the other way, to get back within three, 53-50. With 17.4 seconds remaining, Miller hit the second of two foul shots to make it 54-50. On the other end, Penn missed two shots, as the Crimson held on for the win.