Harvard's Second Half Rally Topples Brown, 85-78

Boston, Mass. – Harvard turned a 22-point halftime deficit into an 11-point second half lead by outscoring Brown, 46-13, to open the second half, and cruise to a school record 15th straight home victory, 85-78, over the Bears at Lavieties Pavilion.
The win gives second place Harvard an 18-4 overall record, 7-1 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 9-13, 2-6 in Ivy competition.
Trailing 53-31 at the half, Harvard came out with a vengeance, outscoring the Bears by a 34-11 margin and grab its first lead of the game, 65-64.  Harvard connected on eight second half treys and went on to extend its lead to 11 points, 77-66, with 5:01 left to play.
The Crimson dominated the second half with strong defensive pressure, holding the Bears to just 11 field goals.
Freshman Sean McGonagill led the Bears' scorers with 18 points and 7 assists, scoring 12 of Brown's 25 second half points. Senior Garrett Leffelman had 14 points for the Bears, while sophomore Tucker Halpern and senior Adrian Williams chipped in with 12 points each.
Harvard's Keith Wright led all scorers with 22 points, on 8 of 10 shooting from ten field, while grabbing a game high 14 rebounds.  Kyle Casey had 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting, but Christian Webster made the difference for the Crimson with 18 second half points, as Harvard shot a sizzling 68 percent from the field (17 of 28) after intermission.
Brown opened the game by hitting 9 of its first 12 shots from the field to grab a 12-point lead, 25-13, following a lay-up by sophomore Tyler Ponticelli with 11:34 left in the half.
The Bears kept up tremendous pressure on the Crimson and led by as many as 24 points in the half, 53-29, with 1:19 remaining when McGonagill connected on two free throws.
The first half Brown domination came with 8 of 12 shooting from behind the three-point arc and 63-percent shooting from the field, while the Bears' defense forced 12 Harvard turnovers. Senior Garrett Leffelman had 11 first half points to lead the Bears.  Only Keith Wright's 14 first half points kept the Crimson in the game.
Brown returns home next week for Friday and Saturday match-ups with first place Princeton and Penn at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  Friday's game against the Tigers tips-off at 7:00 p.m., while the Bears face the Quakers at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Pictured:  Sean McGonagill '14.  photo by dspics.com