Brown Keeps Ivy Madness Hopes Alive With Win At Harvard Friday
Brown University Press Release
Allston, Mass. – In a must-win game for Brown, senior Zach Hunsaker (North Salt Lake City, UT) scored 15 of his game high 20 points in the first half to lead the Bears to a 64-55 Ivy League win over Harvard for its third straight win over the Crimson and first at Lavietes Pavilion since 2008.
With the win, Brown (14-12, 7-6 Ivy) completes the season sweep over the Crimson for the first time in 12 years and remains in the hunt for the fourth and final Ivy League Playoff berth. The Bears need a win over Dartmouth tomorrow night coupled with a Penn loss against Columbia to claim the fourth spot.
“Tonight’s game was a battle on every possession against a very physical Harvard team,” said Brown head coach Mike Martin. “We had to be mentally and physically tough to compete. Our three upperclassmen – Zach Hunsaker, Brandon Anderson and Tamenang Choh – were the difference in the game.”
Harvard (20-8, 9-4) was eliminated from Ivy title contention with the loss with Yale winning the Ivy title by virtue of its win tonight over Dartmouth.
Hunsaker’s 20 points came on 7-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.
The Bears had many contributors with junior Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds and handing out five assists. Senior Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) scored 14 points and sophomore David Mitchell (Roxbury, MA) netted seven points and pulled down a career high 10 rebounds.
With four blocked shots, Bears’ sophomore Jaylan Gainey (Greensboro, NC) moved into sixth place in single season Brown blocked shots, now with 53 blocks. He also grabbed five rebounds.
Brown’s defense held the Crimson to 31-percent shooting from the field (20-of-63) and turned Harvard over 15 times.
Noah Kirkwood paced Harvard with 14 points, while Chris Lewis (13 points) and Idan Tretout (11 points) also scored in double figures.
Brown held a 33-30 lead at the half and opened up an 13-point second half advantage, 47-34, with 11:14 remaining on a layup by freshman Dan Friday (Detroit, MI).
The Crimson came back to cut Brown’s lead to six points, 55-49, with 2:12 left in the game on a fast break layup by Tretout.
Four straight points by Choh on a layup and a tip-in lifted Brown to a 10-point lead, 59-49, with 1:01 left on the clock, putting the game out of reach.
Brown trailed by eight points midway through the first half, 20-12, but a 10-2 Brown run, capped off by a Hunsaker trey with 7:02 left, tied the score, 22-22.
After falling behind, 27-22, Brown went on an 11-0 run to pull ahead by six points, 33-27, following a dunk by Dan Friday (Detroit, MI) with 1:19 remaining in the half.
The Crimson scored four points in the final 38 seconds, two free throws by Kirkwood and a layup by Mason Forbes to cut Brown’s lead to 33-30 at intermission.
The Bears complete their regular season tomorrow night (Saturday) at Dartmouth. Tip-off in Hanover, N.H. is 7:00 pm on ESPN+.