Beanpot Hoops was at Harvard-Dartmouth to focus on Brandyn Curry, who will be the subject of a story to be posted tomorrow. In the meantime, a Three Pointer (and one) from a full day of Beantown action:
1. Harvard gets a characteristically Harvard win. It feels like nearly all of Harvard’s 14 wins this season have followed the same script — the Crimson jumps out to a commanding lead; its opponent slowly chips away the deficit, then forces one moment of panic in the second half; and immediately, Harvard drops the hammer with a big run. That’s exactly how the Crimson’s Ivy League opener unfolded. After trailing for the entire first half, Dartmouth pulled even at 30-30 early in the second — but Harvard pulled away with a 16-2 spurt and was never challenged thereafter, winning 61-45.
“I thought we had a chance in the first half to push through and get a double-digit lead,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. “When we had that opportunity in the second half, we did push through, and I thought our defense was outstanding.”
Brandyn Curry looked like his old self again, leading the Crimson in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (more on him coming tomorrow). Gabas Maldunas scored more than half of Dartmouth’s points in a slow-paced game that featured just 58 possessions.
2. Boston College nets first ACC win. After leading for most of the second half at Virginia Tech, the Eagles fell behind 59-58 on a C.J. Barksdale three-pointer with 1:35 to play. But in the final minute, Lonnie Jackson returned the favor with a three-pointer of his own, and the Eagles forced a miss on defense to seal an uncharacteristically low-scoring victory. For BC, Saturday marked its first true road win of the season and snapped a seven-game losing streak against D-I opponents; surprisingly, North Carolina is left as the only team winless in the ACC.
3. BU moves to 4-0 in Patriot play. Lafayette has the Patriot League’s worst defense and possibly its best offense, so it’s no surprise the Terriers’ trip to Easton was a high-scoring affair. Five Terriers notched double figures in an 89-78 victory, with Maurice Watson, Jr., coming one assist shy of a double-double, as the Terriers stayed perfect in their new conference. Shooting guard D.J. Irving had to be helped to the locker room with a first-half leg injury, but he later returned to the game.
4. Northeastern drops another close one. The Huskies won the CAA title last season largely on the strength of their performance in close games — but if they took that to mean they should play as many close games as possible this season, that was a mistake. After a double-overtime, 93-88 loss at Drexel on Saturday, nine of the Huskies’ 16 games have been decided by five points or less, in which Northeastern is just 2-7. (Luck is a cruel mistress; the Huskies were 14-4 in such games last season.) Drexel hasn’t been quite the same since losing Damion Lee to injury, but it’s still a tough place to win; Scott Eatherton’s daily double-double wasn’t enough for Northeastern to avoid falling to 1-1 in league play.