Tommy Amaker gets 100th win as Harvard coach

Harvard 92
Rice 62

Tommy Amaker’s 100th win as Harvard coach was about as easy as any he’d had since taking the reins in 2007.

Laurent Rivard hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Wesley Saunders hit 8 of 9 shots to also contribute 21 points as the Crimson rolled to a 92-62 blowout of Rice Saturday at Lavietes Pavilion.

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Harvard’s 92 points was the most for the Crimson (8-5) since a 92-71 win at Seattle Jan. 2, 2010.

Rivard shot 5 for 7 from 3-point range and the Crimson were 8 for 15 (53.3 percent) overall behind the arc. They were tied for fifth nationally in 3-point shooting at 41.4 percent entering the game.

Amaker is the fourth coach to rack up 100 career wins with the Crimson. His predecessor, Frank Sullivan, leads with 178, but Amaker has the best winning percentage at .621 (100-61). His overall record is 276-200 in 16 seasons.

Siyani Chambers scored 14 points and added 10 assists for his first career double-double and hot-shooting Harvard made 31 of 48 shots (64.6 percent). Kenyatta Smith scored a career-high 11 points and Jonah Travis also reached double figures, finishing with 10 points.

Max Guercy scored 19 points to lead Rice (3-10), which was held to 38.8 percent shooting (19 of 49) from the field.

Ahead, 13-10, Rivard sank a trey to kick off a 15-2 run. Smith added two free throws and then hit a hook shot in the lane to make it 20-10, Rivard made two more 3-pointers, and a Saunders slam finished the run that put the Crimson in control, 28-12.

Travis quickly expanded a 43-21 halftime edge by hitting a reverse layup and a dunk off a feed from Saunders for a 47-21 lead, and the rout was on.

The Crimson open Ivy League play Saturday at Dartmouth having won four of their last five.