Rivard's historic three-pointer helped propel Harvard to overtime win at Brown (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Laurent Rivard came around a screen and buried a three-pointer just like he'd done so many times before, putting Harvard up five points with 0:37 to play en route to a 98-93 overtime win Saturday night at Brown.
Harvard sealed the game when Siyani Chambers beat the press to move the score to 97-93, marking the end to the "14-Game Tournament" and putting Harvard's season-to-date into the record books. The victory improved the Crimson to 26-4 overall, matching the program record for wins, while giving the team a 13-1 record in the league, its best ever. Harvard also finished the regular season 7-0 on the road in Ancient Eight play, a feat it had never accomplished.
Four players scored in double-digits for the Crimson, highlighted by Steve Moundou-Missi and Kyle Casey's double-double performances. Moundou-Missi totaled 21 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 9-of-12 at the line, as Casey turned in 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Wesley Saunders added 19 points, six rebounds and four dimes to go with Rivard's 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from deep.
Rivard's fourth and final three-pointer was the 282nd of his career, moving him past Brian Earl (Princeton '99) for second place on the Ivy League's career list.
Harvard shot 46.6 percent (34-73) on the night, 24-of-29 at the line, and outscored Brown 54-24 in the paint. The Bears, meanwhile, found their range from long distance, connecting for 12 triples while Leland King and Sean McGonagill totaled 27 points and 26 points, respectively.
Harvard began the game with an 8-0 run sparked by a three-pointer from Rivard. Casey got to the basket on the team's next possession before Moundou-Missi ran the floor for an and-one. Brown responded with nine unanswered points from beyond-the-arc, and led 13-10 at the first timeout. Rivard scored six of eight points as the Crimson regained an 18-16 margin, capping the stretch off with a layup in transition as Evan Cummins led the break.
The teams traded baskets over the next 11-plus minutes with neither team gaining more than a four-point advantage. Harvard finally broke the stalemate with 2:44 remaining as Saunders' two free throws triggered a 10-4 stretch to close the half.
Saunders spun around a defender on the next trip down the court and found a wide open Cummins for a layup, and then ran the floor alongside Chambers for a 46-40 margin. A pair of dunks by Casey and Jonah Travis closed out the opening 20 minutes for Harvard as the team took a 50-44 lead into the break.
Saunders and Casey each scored 12 points in the frame which featured 11 tied scores and 14 lead changes. The Crimson shot 52.9 percent (18-34) from the floor but was just 1-of-8 from three as the Bears connected on six shots from beyond-the-arc.
The wild scoring continued in the second half with dunks by Casey and Moundou-Missi helping to maintain a 54-50 edge. Rivard answered a King three-pointer with one of his own, and after a Travis bucket the margin stood at 59-53. Brown responded with a 10-2 stretch and went in front 63-61 on a Tavon Blackmon layup, but Harvard came right back with baskets by Moundou-Missi, Travis and Saunders to take a 70-66 lead.
Rivard's third triple of the night countered a King jumper, and Casey's putback slam made it a 77-70 game. The Bears would not go quietly, however, as Norman Hobbie and McGonagill hit a pair of three-pointers to make it a one-point game with 3:56 remaining, 83-82. King tied the score at 84 on a pair of free throws with just 2:07 to play, and Blackmon hit 1-of-2 at the stripe for a 85-84 edge.
Chambers stepped into a three-pointer from the left wing to put Harvard back in front, 87-85, but King came through in the paint to force the extra session.
Game Notes: Harvard has matched the 2011-12 team for most wins in a season (26) and has set a new program record for Ivy League victories (13) … Harvard finished Ivy League play a perfect 7-0 on the road for the first time in program history … Harvard's 98 points scored were the most since Feb. 28, 1998 when it defeated Brown, 111-63 … Harvard improved to 10-3 all-time in overtime under head coach Tommy Amaker, including 3-0 this year … Laurent Rivard made four three-pointers to move past Brian Earl (Princeton '99) for second place on the Ivy League's career list (282) … Laurent Rivard scored 18 points to pass James Brown '73 for 12th place on Harvard's career scoring list (1,252) … Kyle Casey scored 16 points to pass Drew Housman '09 for 14th place on Harvard's career scoring list (1,236) … Steve Moundou-Missi recorded his second career double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.