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Harvard 71, Florida Atlantic 49

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Taking the floor for the first time since a 58-57 loss to Holy Cross knocked it out of this week’s AP Top 25, the Harvard Crimson bounced back in a big way Thursday, defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls 71-49 at the Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Mass.

FAU took advantage of Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker’s decision to begin the game with his five starters on the bench by jumping out to an early 11-4 lead. But from that point on, it was all Crimson.

Harvard proceeded to go on a 26-2 run sparked by regular senior starters Wesley Saunders and Steve Moundou-Missi. Meanwhile, FAU had a scoring drought of 7:12 in the first half and after making five of their first six shots of the contest, the Owls shot just 4-of-21 from the floor to end the half and ended the game shooting 21-of-57, including 4-of-18 from 3-point range.

Saunders led the Crimson in scoring with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Moundou-Missi had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and junior forward Evan Cummins finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Owls’ starting backcourt of freshman guard Justin Massey and sophomore guard Marquan Botley led the way for FAU in defeat. Massey finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Botley ended up with 12 points on the night.

FAU returns to action Nov. 23 when it plays at Georgia.