Siyani Chambers poured in 21 points to power the Crimson past Boston College Tuesday night at Conte Forum (photo Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman Siyani Chambers scored a career-high 21 on 7-of-12 shooting, as the Harvard men's basketball team knocked off Boston College for the fifth straight season, 79-63.
Wesley Saunders added 18, while Jonah Travis, helping the Crimson improves to 4-3 on the year. Ryan Anderson scored 23, and Joe Rahon chipped in 12, as the Eagles slip to 3-5. Harvard shot 6-of-14 (42.9%) from long range on the night and made nine steals, giving the Crimson its first road victory of the season. Harvard has now won 12 straight games against Boston-area opponents, dating back to 2008.
Travis scored Harvard's first two baskets, giving Harvard an early 4-2 lead, and then Christian Webster made a 3-pointer from the wing to make it a 7-4 game in favor of the Crimson. Harvard, which made its first four field goals attempts, led, 9-6, at the first media timeout, forcing two turnovers in the opening minutes.
With the shot clock winding down, Webster sent a pass to Wesley Saunders who nailed a trey, as Harvard went up, 12-9, with just over 14 minutes to play in the frame. After BC grabbed a 13-12 advantage, Chambers drove the lane and drew contact. Chambers headed to the line and made both, putting Harvard back on top, 14-13. At the 10:53 mark, Laurent Rivard knocked down a triple from the corner, giving the Crimson a five-point lead, 19-14. Chambers followed with a jumper on the break, forcing a BC timeout, 21-14.
Webster added a layup on the break, making it 23-14, with just under seven minutes left, but BC quickly answered on the other end, 23-16. After the Eagles got back within one, 23-22, Michael Hall was fouled attempting a shot in the paint and headed to the charity stripe, and made the first, 24-22. BC extended its run to 12-1 and went up by two, 26-24, with 4:23 remaining. Chambers knotted the score, 26-26, with a jump shot from the top of the key with 3:42 left. Saunders drew contact and made the basket to put Harvard up three, 29-26, with 1:43 to go.
Harvard started out strong in the second half, as Rivard drained a triple, and Travis, who made his first-career start, threw down a two-handed dunk on the break following a BC turnover. The Crimson extended its lead to 10 points when Chambers completed a conventional three-point play, as Harvard opened the second with an 8-0 run, 39-29.
With 16:57 left, Rivard was fouled shooting a 3-pointer for the 17th time in his career, and made all three, 42-33. Harvard went back up by 10 when Chambers assisted on a layup by Saunders, 46-36 at the 15:29 mark. The Crimson upped its lead to 51-37 when Webster hit his second 3-pointer with just over 14 minutes remaining. Chambers added another triple as Harvard made it 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, helping the Crimson take a commanding 54-37 advantage.
On Harvard's next possession, Chambers completed a 3-point play, making it a 20-point game, 57-37. After BC got back within 15, Travis went to the foul line and sank two, and Chambers hit a floater, as Harvard continued to hold the Eagles at bay, 61-44. With 9:48 left, Chambers assisted on another bucket by Saunders, 65-48, and Saunders followed with another bucket, as the Crimson maintained a 17-point edge, 67-50.
With 6:45 left, Saunders had a three-point play, as Harvard continued to roll on both ends of the floor, 73-55. At the 4:25 mark, Chambers sent an alley-oop to Travis who finished with a highlight reel dunk, as Harvard went back up by 20, 77-57.
The Crimson remains on the road and will visit Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on SNY and ESPN3.com.