Feb. 28, 2010

Courtesy of Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's basketball team set a program record with its 20th victory of the season in a decisive 78-58 dismantling of visiting Yale at a sold out Lavietes Pavilion.

Harvard, which has won nine games this season by 20 or more points, improves to 20-6 overall and 9-3 in Ivy League play heading into next weekend's games at Penn and Princeton. Yale sees its record fall to 11-18 overall and 5-7 in Ivy play.

Behind a raucous Senior Night crowd, Harvard ran out to an early lead and was never threatened as it won its third-straight over the Bulldogs.

Jeremy Lin dazzled under the spotlight with game-highs of 26 points (9-13 FG) and five steals to go with five rebounds and five assists before leaving to a standing ovation.

Freshman Brandyn Curry owned the early portion by making his first four looks from 3-point range, including three in a span of 1:40, in a 14-point first half. Lin then played to the crowd with 11 points in a span of 2:30 including a huge dunk and off-balance floater with contact.

Harvard spread the ball around and, after making 7-of-8 from long range to start, settled for a 47-33 halftime lead behind 55 percent shooting and 12 assists on 17 baskets.

Curry finished his night with five assists and fellow freshmen Kyle Casey logged 13 points in just 14 minutes.

Harvard outscored Yale in the paint, 40-16, scored 26 points off 17 Eli turnovers, had 14 fast break points and received 24 bench points compared to 11 for the Bulldogs.

Alex Zampier scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the first half but struggled with a 4-for-12 shooting mark overall. Michael Sands recorded a double-double for Yale with 11 points (5-14 FG) and 10 rebounds.

The previous wins mark at Harvard (19) came in 1945-46 in the Crimson's run to an NCAA Tournament.

NOTES: Harvard improves to 18-0 on the season when leading at halftime ... Harvard has nine eight games this season by 20 or more points to tie a program record, set in 1945-46 ... Harvard's average margin of victory at home this season is 16.6 points ... Harvard has sold out four of its last six home games