DURHAM, N.H. - Patrick Harvey poured in 18 points and scored six points in the final 1:55 of the game to lead Harvard University to a 70-65 victory on Wednesday night in front of 411 fans at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Harvard (5-3 overall), got out of the gates quickly in the first half and led by as many as 15 points in the opening stanza (37-22) with 3:02 to go before the intermission. The Crimson led at the half by a 37-25 margin as the Wildcats made just nine field goals and shot 34.6 percent from the floor.
Harvard extended their lead at the beginning of the second half to as many as 17 points (44-27) with 18:06 to play in the contest. however, UNH (1-8) put together a furious 16-7 run from 9:26 unntil the 4:11 mark when a three-pointer by Shawn Collette tied the contest at 62 apiece. During that run for the Wildcats, four different players hit for three-pointer to quickly close the gap.
harvey then took over in the closing minutes, hitting a huge three-pointer to make it 67-62 in favor of Harvard with 1:55 to play and then making a pair of free throws with 1:05 left to increase the visitor's lead to six points (69-63) and secure the victory.
Other leading scorers for Harvard included Sam Winter, who poured in 15 points and also grabbed a career-high, and game-high 14 rebounds.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was senior forward Chris Brown who poured in 17 points and grabbed nine boards. Austin Ganly added 13 points and eight rebounds for the 'Cats. Both teams had four players score in double figures.
It was a tale of two halves as Harvard outscored UNH by a 37-25 margin in the first stanza and then the 'Cats outscored the visitors, 40-33 in the closing half.
UNH did not take good advantage of its opportunities from the line, as the Wildcats connected on just 7x22 shots from the charity stripe for the game.
The Wildcats will not return to action again until after Christmas when the America East Conference schedule begins. UNH will entertain Northeastern University on Saturday, Dec. 29. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.