Kyle Curry scored 13 points and collected seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough for No. 6 seed Harvard, which was defeated by No. 3 seed Oklahoma State, 71-54, in the first round of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night in Stillwater, OK.
Harvard (23-7), which entered the game with the highest RPI (35) of any team not in the NCAA Tournament, finished the season with the most wins in program history. The Crimson never led and fell behind 24-13 by the midway mark of the first half and trailed 41-27 entering the break. The Cowboys outscored the Crimson, 30-27, in the second half.
Keith Wright, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, was held to 10 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes for Harvard, which 22-of-55 field goals to shoot an even 40%. Laurent Rivard scored 10 points off the bench and Oliver McNally added nine points for the Crimson.
Marshall Moses led the way with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for Oklahoma State (20-13), which made 27-of-50 shots (54%) and 4-of-12 three-pointers. Reger Dowell had 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Matt Pilgrim added 12 points for the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State advances to face the winner of Washington State and Long Beach State in the second round.