Dec. 2, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard scored the first eight points of the second half to build on a first-half, double-digit lead en route to an 85-64 win over Rice Wednesday at Lavietes Pavilion.
Up 40-26 at halftime, Harvard's Keith Wright scored the Crimson's first six points after the break and Doug Miller added an outside jumper to give the Crimson a 48-26 lead three minutes into the half. The Owls' first four points of the second period came via four, Tamir Jackson free throws. Rice did not score from the field until an Emerson Herndon layin at the 14:12 mark.
Wright scored a game-high 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting to lead Harvard. Jeremy Linn added 14 points and had eight rebounds for the Crimson.
Rice senior Lawrence Ghoram matched a season high with 14 points to lead Rice. Sophomore forward Emerson Herndon posted a career-high scoring mark, finishing with 13 points.
With the win, Harvard improved to 6-1. Rice is now 4-3.
Rice had 12, first-half turnovers which aided in Harvard building a 40-26 lead by the break. The Owls also missed four of their final five shots from the field as the Crimson built their biggest lead of the period by the break.
Rice freshman Arsalan Kazemi did not make the trip, remaining in Houston to focus on academics ahead of finals as well as continue to rehabilitate an ankle injury aggravated during Sunday's game against Texas.
The Owls return to action Saturday, playing host to North Texas. Tip-off for Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse.