February 7, 2009

Harvard Topples Brown, 64-63, On Free Throw With No Time Remaining

Feb. 7, 2009

Final Stats

Boston, Mass. - Senior Jeremy Lin connected on a free throw with no time remaining on the clock to lead Harvard to a 64-63 come-from-behind win over Brown Saturday evening.

With the score tied, 63-63, Harvard's Evan Harris blocked his fourth shot of the game at the defensive end, giving Harvard possession with 15 seconds remaining. Lin pulled up for a 12 foot jump shot was fouled by Brown's Chris Skrelja as time expired, putting him at the free throw line for two shots. Lin, who finished with 27 points, knocked down the first free throw to end the game in favor of the Crimson.

The loss, Brown's sixth straight Ivy setback (6-14, 0-6 Ivy) negated a strong performance by Brown junior Matt Mullery, who was nearly unstoppable in the paint, scoring 21 of his career high 27 points in the second half, while connecting on 13 of 16 field goals overall. Bears' sophomore Peter Sullivan also turned in a strong effort with 20 points and a team high eight rebounds.

Brown held a 32-20 lead at the half and pulled ahead by 14 points, 36-32, on a lay-up by Mullery. The Crimson mounted a strong comeback, outscoring the Bears 11-0, to pull to within three points, 36-33, on a trey by Lin with 16:25 remaining.

Harvard took its first lead with 2:49 left to play on a long trey by Lynn to give the Crimnson a 57-56 lead. But the Bears quickly answered to go back up by four points, 61-57, following a Mullery lay-up and a trey by Adrian Williams.

Harvard battled back and tied the game on a lay-up by Andrew Pusar and two free throws by Lin with 40 seconds left on the clock.

Brown's offense was running on all cylinders from the outset as the Bears connected on nine of their first 12 shots in building a 21-11 lead over the Crimson. Senior Scott Friske's short jump shot with 10:30 left in the half gave Brown the 10-point lead.

Sullivan scored on a coast-to-coast lay-up with 4:45 left in the half to give Brown its biggest lead, 29-15, before settling for a 32-20 halftime advantage. Sullivan scored 15 first half points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field.

Lin's 27 points came on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, including 8 of 11 from the charity stripe. Harris registered a double-double for the Crimson with 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds.

Brown returns home next week after five straight games on the road, hosting Penn on Friday night and first place Princeton on Saturday evening. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.