Okolie's 19 rebounds were the most ever under head coach Tommy Amaker (Jay Metzger).
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – Corey Johnson scored 24 points and Agunwa Okolie grabbed 19 rebounds as the Harvard men's basketball team knocked off Brown Saturday night in the team's final road game of the season, 61-52.
Johnson made six 3-pointers as part of his career night, moving him into seventh place on the program's single-season list with a freshman record 70 triples for the year. Okolie's 19 boards, meanwhile, represent the most ever by a member of the Crimson under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, and are the most by an Ivy Leaguer this season. Okolie also added 10 points for this third double-double of the season.
Harvard's (12-16, 4-8 Ivy League) defense locked down on Brown (8-18, 3-9 Ivy League) from the get go as the Bears managed to shoot just 30.9 percent (17-55) for the game while going 5-of-19 from 3. The Crimson also controlled the glass and outrebounded Brown by a 49-34 margin.
The Crimson has now won 14-straight games against Brown, the longest win streak versus an Ivy League opponent in program history.
Cedric Kuakumensah paced the Bears on his Senior Night, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Johnson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to give Harvard an initial 6-2 lead, and moved the score to 12-4 with a make from just inside the arc. Andre Chatfield added a 3 of his own for a 15-4 margin, and following Corbin Miller's triple the score stood at 22-9.
Johnson hit his third from deep to make the score 26-11, but the Crimson went the next four-plus minutes without a point as Brown pulled to within 26-19. Okolie ended the drought, and Harvard took a 28-21 margin into the intermission.
Johnson stayed hot to begin the second half as he scored eight early points, including two more 3-pointers, to put Harvard's lead back into double-digits, 38-27. A tremendous sequence by Okolie which included one defensive rebound and three offensive boards allowed Patrick Steeves to move the score to 44-29, but the Bears responded with a 6-0 stretch to cut the deficit to 44-35.
It was Johnson who put Harvard back on the scoreboard with his sixth triple, and after Steeves got into the paint it was a 49-37 game. Brown kept coming, however, pulling within 51-41 on JR Hobbie's 3-pointer before a Tavon Blackmon 3 put the score at 55-47 with 1:03 remaining.
The teams traded a flurry of points in the final minute but Harvard was able to keep pace, holding on for the 61-52 win.
Game Notes: The win was Harvard's 14th-straight versus Brown, representing the longest winning streak versus an Ivy League opponent in program history … Agunwa Okolie grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, the most by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker … Agunwa Okolie also scored 10 points for his third double-double of the season … Corey Johnson scored a career-high 24 points and made six 3-pointers, tying the record for most 3's under head coach Tommy Amaker … Corey Johnson has made 70 3-pointers, the most by a freshman in Harvard history and the seventh-most overall … Harvard has held 12 opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting and nine to under 60 points … Harvard has made 208 3-pointers this season, the second-most in program history … Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in 26 of 28 games … Harvard has grabbed 1,043 rebounds this season, the sixth-most in program history … Harvard has dished out 421 assists, the eighth-most in program history … Harvard has blocked 136 shots, the fourth-most in program history.