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On Friday night in Cambridge, Harvard beat Bryant 80-45 to push its record to 2-3. Bryant fell to 2-3, as well, snapping the Bulldogs’ two-game win streak.
Harvard was led on the offensive end by freshman Tommy McCarthy, who scored 16 points and had eight assists, both career highs.
Junior Zena Edosomwan also played a very efficient game, scoring 14 points on 7/9 shooting from the floor. Bryant freshman Marcel Pettway scored 10 points and hauled in eight boards in 31 minutes off the bench, marking career highs for him in all three categories.
The Crimson pulled away early in this one, scoring early and often. After building a 10-2 lead only two-and-a-half minutes into the game, Harvard never slowed down and never trailed.
Bryant struggled to contain the Crimson, who shot 50% from beyond the arc and also exerted their will in the paint. Edosomwan, senior captain Evan Cummins, and sophomore Chris Egi went to work on the Bulldogs’ bigs, shooting a combined 14 for 18 from the floor. Bryant’s starting forwards, on the other hand, combined to shoot the ball at a 1 for 15 clip.
Harvard also got major contributions from its bench (27 points). Patrick Steeves, a senior playing in his second career game, played a career-high 12 minutes and scored eight points.
One of the only negatives for Harvard in this otherwise brilliant performance was turnovers. The Crimson, who had turned the ball over on 24% of possessions coming into the game, continued that trend tonight, turning the ball over 16 times (23% of possessions).
The blowout win is the Crimson’s first versus a Division I opponent this season, snapping its three-game losing streak.
The Crimson will look to build a win streak next time out versus Holy Cross, an in-state rival who knocked off Harvard last year in TD Garden.
For Bryant, the next test comes in the form of Georgetown on Saturday.