Record Night Lifts Men's Basketball to a 10th Straight Win Versus Dartmouth, 80-50
Rivard knocked down 3-of-4 three-pointers as the Crimson rolled Dartmouth (Sam Wasson).
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's basketball team shot 65.9 percent from the field and set a program record shooting 10-of-14 from three en route to an 80-50 victory at Dartmouth Sunday afternoon.
Harvard's 65.9 percent (29-44) shooting included a 15-of-19 performance in the second half with a perfect 6-of-6 mark from beyond-the-arc. The field goal percentage was the team's best under head coach Tommy Amaker, while its three-point percentage (71.4) was the highest ever for a Crimson squad with a minimum of 10 attempts.
Laurent Rivard led the charge scoring 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting while going 3-of-4 from three. Siyani Chambers and Brandyn Curry each added 14 points, with Chambers knocking down 4-of-6 three-point attempts. Steve Moundou-Missi added 12 points while going 5-of-7 on the day.
The Crimson's win was its 10th straight over Dartmouth, marking the longest win streak for the Crimson versus the Big Green and matching the program's longest win streak versus an Ivy League opponent. In contrast to Harvard's hot shooting night, Dartmouth connected on just 37.7 percent (20-53) of its attempts while going 7-of-16 at the line.
Harvard improves to 15-3 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League with the victory, while Dartmouth falls to 7-9 overall, 0-2 in conference.
Both teams struggled early with Harvard committing four turnovers in its first eight possessions as Dartmouth shot 1-of-7 from the field. Wesley Saunders scored the game's first three points to give the Crimson the initial lead, but a jumper from Malik Gill with 15:44 to play put the Big Green in front, 4-3. The lead changed hands on each of the next three possessions, with Moundou-Missi's free throws giving Harvard a 7-6 edge. Agunwa Okolie pushed the score to 9-6 with a putback off his own miss, and back-to-back layups by Curry gave the Crimson a 13-6 margin.
Curry made it 11 straight points as he stepped behind a Moundou-Missi screen for a three. The run continued with a Rivard three-pointer before Curry cut his way through traffic to cap the 16-0 stretch and make it a 21-6 game. Dartmouth responded with nine unanswered points to cut its deficit to 21-13 before a triple by Chambers put the score at 24-15 with 4:07 to play.
Rivard followed with his second three, and after Chambers found Curry streaking down the court for a breakaway layup Harvard led by 12, 31-19. The Crimson forced a turnover on each of the Big Green's next four possessions to extend the margin to 37-19, and went into the locker room on top by 17, 37-20.
After beginning the game 2-of-6 from the field with six turnovers, Harvard rebounded to shoot 12-of-19 over the final 11:28 while going 4-of-8 from deep. Curry led all scorers at the break with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a nine-point outburst during the Crimson's 16-0 run.
Harvard opened the second half with a 12-3 spurt which included three-pointers from Chambers and Rivard. Kyle Casey's first make of the day gave the Crimson a 45-21 edge, and after four free throws from Saunders it was a 49-23 game. Dartmouth pulled to within 49-29 with 12:56 remaining, but Jonah Travis sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Moundou-Missi make to take a 56-29 advantage. Okolie continued the surge on the next trip down the court, then forced a Dartmouth turnover at the other end before receiving an alley-oop lob from Chambers for a 60-29 margin.
Moundou-Missi made it a 15-3 run as he threw down a pair of two-handed dunks, giving the Crimson a 64-32 lead. Harvard kept the pressure on with three-pointers from Chambers and Curry, and after four straight points by Rivard the score stood at 77-42.
Game Notes: Harvard's victory over Dartmouth was its 10th straight in the series, marking the longest win streak for the Crimson versus the Big Green and matching the program's longest win streak versus an Ivy League opponent … Harvard's 65.9 percent shooting from the field was the highest under head coach Tommy Amaker … Harvard's 71.4 percent mark from three represents a new program high (min. 10 attempts)… The Crimson made a season-high 10 three-pointers and scored 80 points for the fourth time … Harvard opened the game shooting 2-of-6 from the field with six turnovers but shot 12-of-19 over the final 11:28 of the half … Harvard used a 16-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 21-6 lead … Harvard knocked down 15-of-19 attempts in the second half and was a perfect 6-of-6 from three … Laurent Rivard made three three-pointers to move into a tie for sixth place in Ivy League history (242) … Kenyatta Smith made his first appearance of the season after missing the first 17 games due to a foot injury.