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Harvard Defeats Men's Basketball 82-76

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 01/31/2014
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T.J. Bray had a career-high 26 points against Harvard.
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Game 16: Princeton at Harvard

 76
(12-4, 0-2)

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.

 82
(16-3, 3-0)

Box Score

Harvard made its first five field goal tries of the second half and carried that momentum to a 82-76 over Princeton Friday night in Lavietes Pavilion.

The loss dropped Princeton to 0-2 in the Ivy League, while Harvard retained control of the conference after sweeping Dartmouth to move to 3-0.

Harvard shot .636 in the second half and grew its lead to as large as 15 points on a Kyle Casey dunk just past the midway point of the period. Princeton pulled within four points as late as 75-71 with 58 seconds left, but the Tigers couldn't get closer.



  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
Harvard
28-51 (.549)
6-13 (.462)
10-20 (.500)
10-25-35
14
12 7 9
Princeton 28-55 (.509)
10-26 (.385)
20-33 (.606)
10-22-32
17
16 1 7

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Harvard Wesley Saunders (24)
Wesley Saunders (9)
Wesley Saunders (7)
Rivard/Saunders (3)
Moundou-Missi/Casey (3)
Laurent Rivard (5)
Princeton T.J. Bray (26)
Hans Brase (7)
T.J. Bray (6)
Denton Koon (3)
Pete Miller (1)
T.J. Bray (4)


16: Princeton's 16 turnovers were the second-most for the Tigers this season (17 vs. Portland). The Tigers entered the week with the fewest total turnovers in Division I, at 155, and had a per-game average coming in of 10.3.

 


With 1:27 to play and Princeton trailing 71-66, Harvard's Siyani Chambers missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but the Crimson's Kyle Casey grabbed the rebound and put it in for two key points to stem Princeton's rally. Princeton pulled within 75-71 with a minute to go, but Harvard let the Tigers get no closer.
 

 

• Harvard shot .636 in the second half after shooting .483 in the first half. Princeton went the opposite direction, opening the game by shooting .609 from the field before the break and .438 after. The teams went similar directions from distance, as Harvard was 2-7 from 3 in the first half and 4-6 after, while Princeton was 5-9 in the first 20 minutes and 5-17 in the second.

• This was the highest-scoring Princeton-Harvard game since 1990, when Princeton defeated Harvard 86-73 in Jadwin Gym. Princeton lost 87-79 in overtime at Harvard in 1999, but that game was 68-68 at the end of regulation.

• Princeton's 76 points were its most against the Crimson since their 2009 visit to Lavietes Pavilion, when the Tigers won 77-71.

T.J. Bray's (above, left) 26 points bettered his previous career best by one. He had 25 points last month against Portland. Now having played in 3/4 of the team's games, Bray can qualify among the Ivy League's statistical leaders. His point-per-game average entering the weekend would have been second in the league and has now improved to 17.9 ppg, behind only Sean McGonagill's 19.3 ppg for Brown.

• Sophomore Hans Brase (above, right) posted a career-high 20 points, surpassing his previous best of 17 set against Rider last season. Brase equaled his career high less than 11 minutes into the game.

• T.J. Bray's six assists moved him past former teammate Ian Hummer and into fourth place on Princeton's career assist list, now with 312. John Thompson III '88 is third on the list at 358. The stat has been kept since the 1974-75 season.

• Princeton was 10-20 from the free-throw line including two missed front ends of 1-and-1 opportunities in the first half. It was Princeton's lowest percentage from the stripe since going 4 for 8 against Penn on Jan. 12, 2013.

• Harvard has held home court against Princeton in the Tigers' last four trips to Cambridge.


Princeton and Dartmouth will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hanover. The Big Green picked up their first Ivy League win of the season over Penn Friday night.
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