BRONX, N.Y. – Connecting on a 3-pointer by sophomore Seth Towns with just under 10 seconds to play, Harvard men's basketball topped Fordham, 47-45, on Wednesday evening at Rose Hill Gym.
Towns' clutch basket was three of his nine points on the night, which went along with a season-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Bryce Aiken tallied a game-high 15 points with three assists, while classmate Chris Lewis notched his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
A defensive battle for 40 minutes, Harvard (4-6) trailed at the break, 29-21. The Crimson overcame an early 12-point deficit in the win, which is tied for the 10th-biggest comeback under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball.
Harvard erased the Fordham (3-5) lead in the second half, outscoring the Rams 26-16 in the frame. Freshman Danilo Djuricic, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds, electrified the arena with a tremendous tip jam midway through the period, and Harvard was perfect from the foul line leading up to Towns' game-winning triple. The Rams had a tip opportunity with 0.1 seconds to go looking for the tie, but Djuricic swatted the pass to mid-court to seal the win.
- Aiken led the Crimson in scoring for the sixth time this season, totaling a game-high 15 points.
- Towns and Lewis were both in double figures on the glass with 10 and 11 boards, respectively, which is the first time Harvard has had two players with double digit rebounds since Jan. 12, 2016 against Ryerson.
- Harvard held the Rams to just 16 points in the second half, and overcame a 12-point first half deficit to earn the win.
- Harvard improves to 9-6 all-time in program history against Fordham.
- Amaker is now just three wins away from 200 while at Harvard.
- The Crimson is 3-0 this season against Atlantic 10 opponents, and faces a fourth Dec. 23 at George Washington.
Harvard returns to Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 21 against Boston University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network.