M. Hoops Beats Up On Yale, Brown

There's no place like home.

Playing for the first time in 17 days due to final exams--and for the first time at home since Dec. 16--the Harvard men's basketball team roughed up struggling Yale and Brown at Lavietes Pavilion with a pair of 18-point wins last weekend. YALE  58 HARVARD  76 BROWN  62 HARVARD  80

The Crimson (9-9, 3-3 Ivy) evened its record at .500 and moved into fourth place in the Ivy League thanks to strong shooting from the senior backcourt of Mike Beam and Tim Hill, who combined to score 74 points during the sweep.

Harvard, which had lost four of five, strung together consecutive wins for the first time since December.

"It's tough to play off a 17-day layoff," Hill said. "But we were comfortable. Anytime you sweep an Ivy League weekend, it means something. Last year we lost to both of these teams, and we needed two wins badly."

Harvard 80, Brown 62

Hill, who was named Ivy League Player of the Week, scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting and collected seven assists against no turnovers as the Crimson handed struggling Brown (4-14, 2-4) its second straight loss.

Sophomore forward Dan Clemente added 20 points and shot 4-of-7 from three-point range as the Crimson built a 10-point halftime lead then posted a 14-6 run over the final 4:50 to pull away from the Bears 80-62 on Sunday.

"This game was more about Tim Hill than anything else," said Harvard Coach Frank Sullivan. "He bounced back from a tough shooting night against Yale and showed why he's maybe the best point guard that's played here. He led us in points, he led us in assists."

Senior power forward Kamal Rountree paced Brown with a career-high 26 points and hauled in six boards, getting the better of Harvard captain Paul Fisher, who was battling the flu and scored only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

"Fisher's had the flu for the last two days," Sullivan said. "He told me that he felt really out of it out there. We knew Rountree would be a tough match-up, and Fisher had to battle."

A day after pouring in 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting against Yale, Beam scored 16, pulled down four rebounds, and converted a rare four-point play with 3:13 remaining.

Beam took freshman guard Andrew Gellert's cross-court pass on the right wing and launched a bomb from three feet behind the arc. He then took a late hit from charging Bears guard Travis Brown and added a free throw to open up a 73-58 lead and put an exclamation point on the weekend sweep.

The Crimson trailed briefly at 11-9 with 15:45 remaining in the first half after Brown forward Travis Brown hit a pair of free throws, but Harvard, keyed by six points from senior center Bill Ewing (eight points in 12 minutes), put together a 15-2 run over the next 4:40.

Ewing showed agility in the low post, gettingone-handed put-backs on two consecutive misses,and then working Brown freshman Shaun Etheridge inthe paint for a five-footer off the glass.

Hill added seven during the run, draining twospot-up jumpers over point guards Corey Vandiverand Omari Ware and driving the lane at willagainst a sluggish Bear half-court defense. Hillfinished 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.

"I was able to get good penetration tonight andI was also able to finish," Hill said.

Harvard maintained the double-digit advantage,taking a 38-28 lead into the intermission andcommitting just one turnover against Brown'seight.

The second half was more of the same, asClemente got hot from behind the arc, netting3-of-5 threes and scoring 12 of his 20 points.

"Clemente is a great shooter," said Brown CoachFrank "Happy" Dobbs. "We approached the match-upknowing he would take a lot of shots, and he shot8-of-18, but between him and Hill, they reallycarried the scoring load."

The Bears closed to 66-56 with 5:21 to play,but Clemente drained a trademark three-pointerfrom the right corner off Fisher's kick-out fromthe paint, Beam recorded his four-point play andHill added a three-point play to make the lead76-58 with 2:31 left. Hill's points came when hedrove the lane on the left side and drew guardPatrick Nee's foul.

"Give Harvard credit," Dobbs said. "They hitthe big shots when they had to. Every time we puttogether a run, they hit the big shot. Hill hurtus--I thought that was the major difference."

Freshman guard Drew Gellert played the lion'sshare of bench minutes for the second straightgame, getting five rebounds and four assists in 22minutes as the third guard in relief of juniorDamian Long.

"Gellert has made excellent progress," Sullivansaid. "Usually we worry about the freshmen neverregrouping after exams, but to see him have thegames he's having is encouraging. He's added a lotof defense, which is a dimension we haven't beengood at."

Harvard 76, Yale 58

In its first game after the exam break, Harvardcame out sluggish as a team against Yale, but acareer offensive performance from Beam spotted theCrimson a 10-point halftime lead in spite of 32percent shooting from the rest of the team.

Harvard shifted into gear in the second half,putting up 43 points to complete a 76-58 rout ofthe Bulldogs.

Beam--who finished with a career-high 24points--had 15 in the first half on 5-of-7shooting from behind the three-point line.

In addition to his lights-out performance frombehind the arc, the sharpshooter had what might bethe most complete game of his career. Beam grabbedsix rebounds, an assist, and a steal, and executedextremely well on the offensive end.

"Beam obviously was a big lift tonight,"Sullivan said. "I thought he got off screensextremely well."

It was clearly a night "in the zone" for thesenior.

"When I feel an aggressive tendency to score,good things happen," Beam said. "I wasn't caughtup in trying to run the offense. I was strangelyin sync."

Though Yale shot 52.6 percent in the openingperiod, Harvard maintained aggressive defensivepressure and forced 15 first-half turnovers,including eight steals. The defensive effort--ledby the contributions of Gellert and fellowfreshman guard Patrick Harvey with five and twosteals respectively--gave Harvard a 33-23 halftimeedge.

In the second half, Harvard's top scorersClemente and Hill--who were a combined 3-of-12 inthe first half--got things rolling offensively.

Clemente had 13 second-half points to finishwith 15, and after looking flatfooted for much ofthe opening half, showcased a complete offensivegame with good shooting from distance andeffective post play on the interior.

"In the first half, [Clemente] felt that hisshots were in-and-out." Beam said. "I know he wasfrustrated, but in the second half he looked muchmore comfortable."

Hill continued to struggle from the floor,finishing with only six points on 3-of-12shooting, but clearly got the better of Yale pointguard Isaiah Cavaco.

Cavaco looked tentative and off-rhythmthroughout the night, finishing with four assistsagainst three turnovers. Hill's solid defensivejob was a major contributor to the Bulldogs'25-turnover meltdown on offense.

On the other end, Hill fed teammates for openlooks with ease, finishing with nine assists andonly one turnover.

"Hill makes them a very solid team," said YaleCoach Dick Kuchen. "He's a very, very good pointguard and has been for four years."

Yale shot 48.8 percent on the night and hadfour players in double figures, but in addition toits turnover woes, was outrebounded 14-11 on theoffensive glass.

Bulldog senior forward DavidTompkins--averaging nearly 16 points and 10rebounds per game--was effectively held in checkby Fisher. Tompkins was a nonfactor as the Crimsonbuilt its first-half lead, and finished with 12points and six boards.

"[Fisher] did a good job," Beam said. "He gotaround [Tompkins] and effectively denied him theball.

Notes

UHS has struck again. Sophomore forward TmColeman did not dress this weekend. He suffered amild ankle strain in practice last Wednesday, andis suffering from bronchitis, which was initiallymisdiagnosed by University Health Services. Hisstatus for this weekend is uncertain.

With one minute to play, Sullivan cleared hisbench, getting rarely-used senior guard ChrisDexter and sophomore transfer Ethan Altaratz intothe action.

The 6'8 Altaratz looked aggressive, throwingdown a two-handed dunk off Gellert's dish from thepaint and rejecting Vandiver's shot inside a good10 feet behind the Brown bench. Dexter missed hisonly shot from inside the three-point arc at thebuzzer.

The Crimson now hits the meat and potatoes ofits Ivy schedule, as it faces perennial leaguechampions Penn (12-3, 4-0) and Princeton (13-4,4-0) in four of its next six games. Harvardtravels to Princeton's Jadwin Gym on Friday andthen to the Palestra in Philadelphia on Saturday.

"It's a monster challenge," Sullivan said. "Butit's happening at a good time. We're in fourthplace, our record's even and we've got a few dayswithout classes to focus."

HARVARD, 76-58 at Lavietes Pavilion

Yale  23  35  --  58Harvard  33  43  --  76

LEHIGH: Cavaco 3-10 2-3 10; Woodbine5-11 1-3 12; Simpkins 3-4 3-4 11; Tompkins 5-8 2-212; Yanke 1-2 0-1 2; Bratton 2-3 0-0 5; Smith 1-20-0 2; Kirkowski 0-0 0-0 0; Marschner 0-0 0-0 0;Reusch 1-2 2-2 4; Huhs 0-0 0-0 0; Williams 0-0 0-00; Kritzer 0-1 0-0 0; Powell 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS21-43 10-15 58.

HARVARD: Hill 3-12 0-0 6; Beam 8-11 1-124; Clemente 6-11 0-0 15; Fisher 3-7 2-4 8; Long0-4 0-0 0; Ewing 1-3 0-0 2; Harvey 3-3 0-0 6;Gellert 3-4 5-6 11; Lewis 1-1 0-0 2; Lowder 1-20-0 2; Altaratz 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 29-59 8-11 76.

HARVARD, 80-62 at Lavietes Pavilion

Brown  28  34  --  62Harvard  38  42  --  80

BROWN: Vandiver 1-4 0-0 2; Meyer 4-110-0 10; Driggers 0-0 0-0 0; Brown 3-6 2-2 9;Rountree 10-18 6-7 26; Nee 2-7 0-0 6; Ware 0-0 2-22; D'Antoni 0-1 0-0 0; Etheridge 2-4 0-0 4; Wood0-1 1-3 1; Verdeaux 0-0 0-0 0; Sienkiewicz 0-0 2-22; Tamm 0-0 0-0 0; Amon 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 22-5313-16 62.

HARVARD: Hill 8-13 10-10 28; Beam 5-73-3 16; Long 1-2 0-0 2; Clemente 8-18 0-0 20;Fisher 1-7 0-0 2; Gellert 0-2 2-4 2; Ewing 3-5 2-28; Harvey 0-2 0-0 0; Lewis 0-0 0-0 0; Lowder 0-00-0 0; Dexter 0-1 0-0 0; Altaratz 1-1 0-0 2.TOTALS: 27-58 17-19 80.CrimsonEduardo Perez-GizHILL OF BEANS: Senior point guard TIMHILL (15) leads the break upcourt in earlieraction at Dartmouth. Hill scored a game-high 28points in the Crimson's 80-62 win over Brown onSunday.