More than 1000 Brandeis basketball fans stomped and bellowed in disbelief as their heroes closed Harvard's lead to two points early in the second half last night. But the Crimson killed the party with 13 points in a row, and coasted to an 85-60 win.
Shophomore Chris Gallagher was the big man in Harvard's opener, with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Gallagher netted most of his points on beautiful moves in close to the basket, where Harvard completely dominated the action. Brandeis was outrebounded, 53 to 29.
The Crimson, with three sophomores starting in the front court, couldn't seem to get any rhythm into their first half play. The teams traded bad passes and travelling violations, but Harvard held a 35-27 lead at the half; primarily because of better rebounding and fewer fouls.
Brandeis started fast in the second half, with the center play of 6 ft. 10 in. Tom Haggerty leading a rally that closed the gap 37-34 That's when Harvard back court experience began to show. Jeff Grate (nine points) hit a jump shot. Gene Dressler (12 points) made two steals in a row, getting nothing out of the first, but two foul-line points from the second. Dressler hit another foul shot, and then a jump shot, and Grate added a foul shot, and the two guards had opened up a 42-34 lead.
Inspired by their cheerleaders, the men of K. C. Jones battled back. On a jumper by Barry immerman, they closed the lead to 43-41. At this point, Harvard started this season in earnest with a glorious 13-point burst. Gallagher, who was seven-for-seven from the floor, and Barth Royer (15 points) chipped in two buckets each to the rally.
From that time on, Brandeis grew steadily worse, the fans grew tired from the plethora of fouls -- 50 in all -- and Harvard began to swish at will. The Crimson finished with a superb 60 per cent field goal percentage, to a poor 38 per cent for the home team.