Harvard Defeats Men's Basketball 82-76
|Game 16: Princeton at Harvard
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
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||Wesley Saunders (24)
||Wesley Saunders (9)
||Wesley Saunders (7)
||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.
• 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.
|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.