Hot Shooting Night Lifts Princeton Past Men's Basketball, 83-62

McCarthy matched his career-high with 16 points (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Princeton team Friday night as the Tigers earned an 83-62 victory over the Crimson at Jadwin Gym.

Princeton (13-5, 3-1 Ivy League) shot 51.6 percent (32-62) from the field and connected on 12 3-pointers, led by Steven Cook's 21-point night that included four triples. Henry Caruso also had four 3's and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Harvard (9-12, 1-4 Ivy League) connected on 48.9 percent (23-47) of its attempts and was 7-of-11 from deep, but committed 19 turnovers which led to 23 Princeton points. Tommy McCarthy paced the Crimson and matched his career-high with 16 points while shooting a career-best 4-of-6 from beyond-the-arc. Agunwa Okolie added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Harvard is back in action tomorrow as it travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn at the Palestra. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Princeton took an 11-4 lead to open the game and extended the margin to 25-6 as Cook's and-1 capped off a 14-0 run. Corey Johnson ended the drought with a make from distance, and McCarthy followed with a 3 of his own to put the score at 25-12. The Tigers responded to go in front 35-16 on a Caruso triple, and took a 38-22 lead into the intermission.

 It seemed as though Princeton had an answer to everything Harvard threw at it in the second half as each Crimson basket was matched at the other end. That was until Okolie ripped an offensive rebound out of the hands of Spencer Weisz and converted the and-1, sparking an 11-3 run to pull the Crimson within 50-40. Okolie and McCarthy combined for all 11 points during the stretch, with Okolie hitting a pair of putbacks and McCarthy sinking two 3's.

Caruso ended Harvard's comeback attempt with a pair of his own 3's, regaining a 56-42 margin which the hosts took into the under-12 timeout. The Tigers remained hot coming out of the stoppage, extending their lead to 68-45 by the next break.

Harvard got back to within 72-54 on an Okolie drive, but Princeton closed the door and held on for the 83-62 victory.

Game Notes: Tommy McCarthy matched his career-high with 16 points and made a career-best four 3-pointers … Tommy McCarthy has led Harvard in scoring four times … Agunwa Okolie finished with 14 points, his ninth double-digit effort of the year … Agunwa Okolie led Harvard in rebounding for a third time this season grabbing eight boards … Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in 20 of 21 games this season … Chris Egi made his first career start … Princeton shot 51.6 percent (32-62) for the game, the highest field goal percentage by a Harvard opponent this season … Princeton's 12 3-pointers were the most by a Harvard opponent since Brown hit 12 in Providence on March 8, 2014.