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Saturday, February 23, 2013

 

Wesley Saunders scored 19 points while freshman Siyani Chambers added 14 as the Harvard Crimson defeated the Brown Bears 65-47 in Providence Friday night.

However, it wasn't Harvard's offense that bothered the Bears, it was their defense which forced 19 Brown turnovers which they converted into 23 points.  14 of those turnovers by Brown were committed in the first hald of the game.

The combination of numerous turnovers and poor shooting by Brown allowed the Crimson to race out to an early lead.  In fact, the Bears were fortunate to go into the locker room at halftime down by only 11, 29-18.

The Bears were able to trim the Harvard lead to 6 in the second half but could not get any closer as Harvard cruised to the 18-point win.

"That was completely unacceptable," said Brown head coach Mike Martin after the game.  "What you saw out there tonight was unacceptable.  On offense, on defense, we didn't play with any energy and the responsiblity for that starts with me and the coaching staff.  I promise you that you won't see an effort like that again from us."

Martin did give credit to Harvard.  "I want to make sure I give them credit.  They are a good team - the best in the league and they played like it.  Right now we're not," he said.

Brown was led by Cedric Kuakumensah's 11 points and 6 rebounds.  The freshman forward was limited to 18 minutes of play due to foul trouble.

In fact, both teams spent a lot of time at the free throw line with Harvard going 21-27 (57%) from the stripe while Brown went 14-23 (61%) from the line.

Sean McGonagill was the only other Brown player in double figures with 10 points but the Bears point guard had only 1 assist and 6 turnovers.

Crimson coach Tommy Amaker was pleased with his team's defense.  "I thought some of the turnovers [by Brown] were caused by our defense but I also think it's a little bit of a mix.  I'm sure Mike [Martin] will tell you that there were some mistakes by his team that led to turnovers as well."

The win imporves Harvard's record to (16-7, 8-1 Ivy League) while Brown falls to (9-14, 3-6).

The Bears host Dartmouth Saturday night at 6pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

NOTES:

 

-In a season where there are many good candidates, Siyani Chambers is a virtual lock for Ivy League Rookie of the Year Honors.  The Crimson point guard is averaging 13 points per game and a league-best 6.1 assists per contest.  Brown has both Cedric Kuakumansah and Rafael Maia who are both having excellent rookie seasons as well but Chambers will win the award.

-If the Crimson can win the league, it would be their third consecutive league title and their second straight NCAA Tournament bid.  Harvard lost in a 1-game playoff to Princeton two years ago to lose the Ivy League's automatic bid to the Tournament to the Tigers.

-Kuakumensah blocked 1 shot Friday night bringing his season total to 51.  That places him 8 behind former Brown center Matt Mullery whose single season record is 59 blocked shots.

 

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