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Gamecenter: Colgate 57, Harvard 77

10 January, 2008

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1st 2nd Final
Colgate (8-6) 27 30 57
Harvard (6-11) 35 42 77
Lavietes Pavilion – Allston, MA Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Colgate led 25-23 with just over three minutes left in the first half, until Drew Housman put the Crimson on top for good with a three-pointer. Ben Jonson couldn’t get a jumper to fall, and Harvard got four shots on its next possession, the last of which was a Pat Magnarelli tip-in that finally went down. Kyle Roemer’s layup got Colgate back within a single point with 1:37 remaining, but Andrew Pusar connected from three, and after another Jonson miss, Brad Unger added a pair of free throws. Magnarelli blocked Jonson’s attempt inside and was fouled, draining both free throws for a 35-27 advantage, which the Crimson took into the locker room thanks to the half-ending 12-2 run.
Key sign it was over After trailing by as many as 17, Colgate drew within 64-53 on a Daniel Waddy layup with just under six minutes remaining. The Raiders drew an offensive foul on Housman and had a chance to cut their deficit to single digits, but Roemer’s three-point attempt was off the mark. After a timeout, Unger found Magnarelli inside for a layup and foul, resulting in a conventional three-point play. Colgate got the ball back out of bounds after a Jonson miss, but Housman came up with a steal and Jeremy Lin got to the line, where he was perfect. Waddy’s lay-in made it 69-55, but Magnarelli hit a pair of free throws and after Willie Morse misfired on a three, Lin scored on a layup to make it 73-55 with under three minutes to play.
Key performance Magnarelli was a force inside for Harvard, tallying a game-high 21 points and ending up with a double-double thanks to 11 rebounds.
Key statistic Colgate came in among the top three-point shooting teams in the nation, while Harvard was in the bottom half of Division I in that statistic. However, the Crimson shot an impressive 8 of 15 (53.3 percent) from three on the evening, while the Raiders were just 4 of 19 (21.1 percent) from the outside.
Notes

– Lin had an impressive night for Harvard, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds, to go with five assists against a single turnover, while Pusar had 10 points and seven rebounds — six at the offensive end.

– Roemer led Colgate with 19 points, while Kendall Chones added 17 points and nine rebounds.

– The Crimson had its way on the glass, grabbing 51.5 percent of the rebounds at its offensive end, while the Raiders were limited to 31.0 percent offensive rebounding, leading to a 17-8 edge for the hosts in second-chance points.

– T.J. Carey again got the start in the Harvard backcourt instead of Housman and didn’t score, put grabbed seven rebounds, while Housman had eight points off the bench.

– Colgate opens Patriot League play when Army visits Hamilton for a 2:00 pm ET tip time on Saturday, January 12.

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