Men’s Basketball Runs by Bryant, 80-45

McCarthy paced the offense with 16 points, eight assists (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard scored on its first seven possessions and its offense stayed hot all night, shooting a blistering 54.8 percent from the floor as it dominated Bryant,  80-45, Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Tommy McCarthy posted season-highs with 16 points and eight assists. Zena Edosomwan added in 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting while tallying five rebounds and four assists. Evan Cummins rounded out the double-digit scorers for Harvard (2-3) as he netted a season-high 10 points, connecting on 4-of-5 shots from the floor and added six rebounds.

The Crimson registered its best offensive performance of the season, connecting on 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the floor and 50.0 percent (10-20) from beyond the arc. Harvard's defense was equally imposing, holding Bryant to 26.7 percent (16-60) shooting, marking the fifth-straight game the Crimson has held its opponent to under 40.0 percent shooting.

Harvard will return to the court Sunday at Holy Cross for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

Harvard's offense came out on fire as it netted the opening seven points of the game and stayed hot, scoring its on first seven possessions, shooting 6-of-7 from the floor to take a 14-6 lead.

Bryant made it a 27-19 game midway through the first half, but the Crimson went on a 14-0 run over the next seven minutes, highlighted by two-straight dunks by Edosomwan. The Bulldogs broke its scoreless streak with a pair of free throws and a put-back layup, but Harvard held a firm 41-23 lead heading into halftime.

The Crimson shot 56.0 percent (14-25) from the floor as all nine players who saw the floor scored. McCarthy led the way with nine points and dished out four assists, while Agunwa Okolie and Edosomwan dominated the paint with seven and eight points, respectively.

The second half mirrored the start of the game as Harvard went on a 9-0 run to push its lead to 30, taking hold of a 53-23 advantage. Both teams exchanged buckets before Harvard went on an 11-0 run midway through the frame to hold a 70-32 lead. Harvard's offense continued to roll, leading by as many as 40 points as it cruised to an 80-45 victory.

Game Notes: Harvard has held each of its five opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting, matching the program's longest streak under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball (2009-10, 2011-12) … Harvard's 35-point margin of victory marked the 12th time that the Crimson has defeated an opponent by at least 30 points under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball … Harvard has outrebounded its opponent in four of five games … Harvard's 10 3-pointers were the most since making 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014 … Tommy McCarthy led the team in scoring for the second time with a season-high 16 points and eight assists.