CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The seniors set the tone early and Harvard men's basketball (18-7, 10-2) never looked back, cruising to a 77-58 win over Brown Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion in front of a crowd of 2,013.
Senior Siyani Chambers paced the Crimson with a season-high 19 points, adding five assists. The co-captain now sits in a tie at No. 2 for all-time assists with 590. Rookie Seth Towns also chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds. Senior Zena Edosomwan neared a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Brown (12-16, 3-9) was led by Joshua Howard with 14 points. Steven Spieth added 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, adding four rebounds
Harvard outrebounded Brown by a 40-30 margin and turned the ball over just nine times.
With four seniors in the starting lineup, the Crimson showed its experience, ripping off 11 of the first 13 points. Senior co-captain Corbin Miller started the scoring and senior Matt Fraschilla capped the spurt with a triple from the corner. Brown scored the next four points, but the Crimson answered right back with a 9-3 run, leading 20-10 at the 11:49 mark.
The Bears hit a three to pull within seven, but Harvard immediately answered with back-to-back triples from Aiken and Corey Johnson to go back up 13, 26-13. Ahead by 10, 33-23, the Crimson put its foot on the pedal, spouting off a 9-0 rally to lead by 19, 42-23, with 2:37 to play before the break. Chambers had five points and an assist over the spurt. Harvard headed to the locker room ahead, 48-30.
Harvard scored eight of the first 12 – capped by a drive from rookie Justin Bassey – to open the second half and expand its lead to 22, 56-34, with 17:28 to play. Ahead by 22, Brown posted a 5-1 spurt to pull within 18, 59-41, at the 12:07 mark. Brown would get as close as 17, but a three from the wing by Johnson and a second-chance bucket by Lewis put Harvard back ahead by 22, 66-44, with 9:37 to play, a lead it would not relinquish.
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The Crimson hit the road for the final weekend of the year, visiting Princeton and Penn next weekend. The Crimson and Tigers tip-off Friday, March 3 on ESPNU at 5 p.m.
Game Notes: Seth Towns posted double-digits for the 16th time this season. Siyani Chambers registered double-figures for the 13th time this year and 71st for his career. In the all-time record book, senior co-captain Siyani Chambers ranks second all-time in assists (590), sixth in steals (162) and No. 13 in points (1,263). This marks the 16th-straight win over Brown in the series. Harvard finishes 11-3 at home, the best home record since the 2014-15 season.