NOTEBOOK: Crimson Overcomes Defensive Lapses

Brown jumps out to 15-point lead but ultimately falls to visitors

The big man shot lights out in the first half en route to scoring 15 points. Halpern did his damage on a couple of drives, including a baseline floater and a banked-in and-one, as well as from distance, as the forward hit three triples in the first half.

“He’s an inside-out threat,” Amaker said. “He’s got great size, he gets his shot off very quickly, and he got going.”

In the second half, Halpern was able to pick up where he left off.

After the Crimson pushed its lead to eight, the Brown forward responded with a three from the left corner.

A minute later, Halpern swished a deep trey from up top to cut the lead to three.


At the four-minute mark, Bears guard Sean McGonagill shoveled a pass back to Halpern on the right wing, where he knocked down his third three of the half to make the score 67-65.

Brown never got any closer to taking the lead.

Halpern finished the night as the high-scorer with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 6-of-9 shooting from three.

“He was their go-to guy, and he led them all the way,” Amaker said.


With Harvard struggling to find some offense early in the second half, a few timely offensive boards helped jump-start the Crimson’s scoring effort.

On the first possession of the period, sophomore forward Kyle Casey missed a jumper, but junior co-captain Keith Wright corralled the rebound and converted an easy put-back.

The next time down the court sophomore forward Christian Webster chased down a long rebound off a missed three.

After resetting the offense, sophomore guard Brandyn Curry drove and got to the free throw line where he hit both shots.

“[Offensive rebounds] take the life and momentum out of another team, and we were able to get those few there,” Amaker said.

Harvard out-rebounded Brown in the second half, 21-12, and grabbed a total of 10 offensive boards on the night.

Two timely rebounds in the final minutes from Casey and Wright that helped to seal the win.

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