Feb. 7, 2003
Providence, RI - Senior guard Earl Hunt scored 24 points as first place Brown defeated Harvard in a 91-86 thriller Friday night before a sellout crowd at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown (10-9, 5-0) extended its winning streak to seven games and maintained sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. The Bears have now won nime of their last 11 games.
Brown jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first five minutes of the game, only to see Harvard go on a 9-2 run, evening the score at 15-15 when Patrick Harvey hit a 3-pointer. The Crimson finally pulled away with 4;41 to play, taking a 37-30 lead off a 10-0 run. Brown regained the advantage with 1:07 remaining, when Jason Forte made two free throws to put Brown up 40-39, but six Crimson points in the final minute gave Harvard a 45-43 edge at the half.
Harvard maintained control well into the second half, answering any challenge that the Bears tried to muster. The Crimson led by as many as seven during the half and were up 72-66 with 9:02 to play.
The momentum swung in Brown's favor when Mike Martin and Patrick Powers hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 15-3 run and give the Bears an 81-75 edge with 5:15 remaining. The Crimson pulled within two points when Sam Winter made two free throws with 2:39 left, but Brown kept control of the game by milking the shot clock down the stretch.
Down 89-86 with :09 to play, Harvey had a chance to tie the score but missed a long 3-pointer that Hunt rebounded to seal the game.
Powers and Alai Nuualiitia each scored 15 points for the Bears.
Harvey led the Crimson (10-8, 2-3) with 21 points while Winter added 18.