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Chambers Powers Men's Basketball to 74-68 Win Over Vermont

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Chambers went 6-of-6 from beyond-the-arc to lift the Crimson to its 15th straight home win (Joel Broida).

CAMBRIGE, Mass. – Siyani Chambers scored 27 points and was 9-of-10 from the field to lead the Harvard men's basketball team to a 74-68 victory over Vermont Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion.

Harvard improves to 10-1 with the win and has earned 15 straight victories at home.  The Crimson has won six straight games overall, marking the team's longest win streak since 2012. Vermont, meanwhile, falls to 4-4 overall and is 1-0 in the America East.

Chambers' 27 points represented a new career-high as he was a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point range. The sophomore scored 15 points after the intermission, including eight points during a 13-0 run to give the Crimson the lead for good.

Kyle Casey chipped in 11 points and two blocks as eight different Crimson got in the scorebook. Harvard shot 47.8 percent (22-46) for the game, was 8-of-14 from deep and connected on 22-of-35 attempts at the line to secure the victory.

Vermont was led by Sandro Carissimo who netted a game-high 30 points despite the Catamounts being held to 39.3 percent (22-56) shooting.

Harvard started the game 7-of-10 from the field and jumped out to an 18-5 lead before the second media timeout. Steve Moundou-Missi, Casey and Wesley Saunders scored three straight baskets to take an initial 6-1 advantage, and an and-one from Moundou-Missi pushed the score to 12-5. Laurent Rivard and Chambers followed with a pair of three-pointers to extend the margin to 13.

Four points from Agunwa Okolie made it a 22-8 game before back-to-back Chambers' triples set the score at 29-15. A 13-5 run pulled the Catamounts within six points, 34-28, and after a Carissimo drive Harvard's lead stood at 36-31 at the break.

Chambers led all scorers through the first 20 minutes with 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three. Carissimo had 11 points to pace the Catamounts as Vermont held a 19-13 edge on the glass.

Chambers converted on a breakaway for the first points of the second half and a three-pointer from Casey put the score at 41-33. Vermont answered right back with threes of their own, pulling to within 41-39 after Candon Rusin's triple from the top of the key. A driving layup by Casey gave Harvard a 45-41 edge, but Carissimo responded with two more treys to give Vermont its first lead since 1-0, 47-45.

Trailing 48-45, Jonah Travis scored his first points to spark a 13-0 stretch as Harvard regained the lead, 58-48. Chambers followed Travis' bucket with another triple, and later added his sixth three-pointer for good measure to give the Crimson the 10-point lead.

The Catamounts made it a six-point game with a jumper from Carissimo before Chambers notched four more points for a 64-54 margin. Harvard extended its lead to 66-54 at the line, and outlasted a late surge by Vermont to take the 74-66 victory.

Game Notes: Harvard improves to 10-1, matching the program's best start to a season under head coach Tommy Amaker … Harvard has started 10-1 or better three times in program history; 2011-12 (12-1), 1945-46 (19-1) …  Harvard has won six straight games overall, it's longest win streak since 2012, and has won 15 straight games at Lavietes Pavilion … Siyani Chambers scored a career-high 27 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc … Chambers' 27 points were the most by a member of the Crimson since current assistant coach Christian Webster '13 scored 29 at Mercer on Nov. 20, 2010 … Chambers' 6-of-6 shooting from three also matched Webster's mark for most makes from beyond-the-arc without a miss … Kyle Casey recorded his 100th career block, becoming one of just five Crimson to do so … Harvard's victory was the program's 250th at Lavietes Pavilion.