1,785 Fans Pack Lavietes Pavilion for Third Annual #CrimsonMadness
Okolie won the first-ever #CrimsonMadness dunk competition (Tim Hart).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team hosted its third annual #CrimsonMadness event Friday night in front of 1,795 fans at Lavietes Pavilion. The night was highlighted by the first-ever #CrimsonMadness dunk contest, won by sophomore Agunwa Okolie, and three-point competition, won by senior captain Brandyn Curry.
The event began with head coach Tommy Amaker addressing the crowd before the team was introduced and brought to center court.
The #CrimsonMadness dunk contest followed and it did not disappoint as Kyle Casey, Zena Edosomwan, Okolie, Wesley Saunders and Jonah Travis thrilled the crowd. Edosomwan stole a page from Vince Carter and the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest as he hung from the rim by his elbow, but his score of 36 was not enough to put him through to the finals. Casey brought the ball between his knees while doing a 360 for a score of 38 to move on, while Okolie scored a perfect 40 with his thunderous 360 windmill.
Between rounds of the dunk contest Siyani Chambers, Curry, Hunter Myers and Laurent Rivard took to the court in a three-point competition. Curry used a late money-ball to come away victorious with 12 points, just edging out Rivard's score of 10.
Casey and Okolie exchanged a pair of dunks in the finals with Casey jumping over 6-10 Michael Hall for a two-handed slam for his final dunk of the night. Okolie went with a pass off the backboard for a two-handed dunk for his final attempt, and just edged out the senior, 98 to 96.
The Crimson and Black scrimmage concluded the night's festivities with the Crimson squad captained by Curry and the Black team captained by Rivard. Crimson, led by 16 points from Edosomwan and seven from Saunders, knocked off Black by a score of 36-31. Black was led by Evan Cummins who was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field for eight points and Casey who totaled seven.