Chambers Lifts Harvard Men's Basketball Over BU, 65-64

Chambers Lifts Harvard Men's Basketball Over BU, 65-64

Siyani Chambers tied his career-high with 21 points Tuesday evening (Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Siyani Chambers paced the Crimson with 21 points, including the go-ahead hoop, and dished out five assists, while Wesley Saunders tallied 16 to help lift the Harvard men's basketball team over Boston University, 65-64.

Christian Webster netted 13 points and grabbed a team-high five boards, and Kenyatta Smith tied his career-best with five blocks and added four rebounds, as the Crimson improves to 5-4 overall and 4-1 at Lavietes this season. Chambers shot 7-of-12 from the field, while Saunders was 6-of-11 for Harvard.

After shooting 0-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half, the Crimson went 7-of-9 in the second stanza. Irving led BU (3-6) with 24 points, while Dom Morris recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and 15 points.

Webster knotted the game with 3-pointer from the corner, as the game was tied, 60-60, with 3:08 remaining. Smith headed to the line for Harvard with 2:36 to go and drained both, as Harvard regained the lead, 62-60. With the game tied, 62-62, Saunders was fouled going up for a layup with 47 seconds left. Saunders connected on the first, giving Harvard a one-point edge, 63-62. With 19 seconds remaining, D.J. Irving registered a jumper to put Boston University ahead 64-63, but Siyani Chambers responded with a clutch basket with four ticks left on the clock to give the Harvard men's basketball team a one-point advantage.

Irving could not put the ball in the basket as time expired, as Harvard moved to a perfect 13-0 in its last 13 meetings against Boston-area opponents since 2008.

After BU opened a 4-2 lead, Saunders stole the ball in the Harvard zone and dribbled the length of the floor, finishing with an and-1, putting Harvard up, 5-4. The Terriers responded with two buckets to grab an 8-5 advantage at the first media timeout at 15:58. Coming out of the stoppage, Steve Moundou-Missi drew contact before hitting a layup and made the ensuing free throw, knotting the game.

With 12:50 remaining in the half, Chambers knocked down a jumper, as Harvard led, 10-8, but BU went on a mini-run to go back up by three, 13-10. With 10:25 to play, Saunders scored on his second and-1 of the half, and once again made the foul shot, 13-13. The Crimson regained the lead when Jonah Travis, in his first-career home start, made a spin move in the paint and hit a layup, 17-15.

With less than six minutes to go and BU leading, 21-19, the Terriers added a bucket on the break to go up by four, 23-19. At the 3:46 mark, Chambers headed to the charity stripe and connected on both shots, bringing the Crimson within two, 23-21.  Smith tied the game for Harvard with a layup under the hoop, making it a 25-25 game, with just under three minutes left. After BU went up by seven in the final minutes of the half, Saunders scored on a tip-in for the Crimson, making it 30-25.

Harvard headed to the locker room, trailing, 32-25, as the Crimson shot 0-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half. Saunders paced the Crimson with nine points in the opening 20 minutes.

Chambers opened the second half with a trey from the wing, making it a four-point game, 32-28. The Terriers followed by opening up a 36-28 advantage, but Chambers struck again with another triple, this time drawing contact. Chambers hit the free throw, bringing the Crimson back within four, 36-32.

With Harvard trailing, 38-35, Chambers found Saunders crashing through the lane on the break for an easy bucket, as Harvard cut the deficit to one with 14:48 remaining. Less than one minute later, Chambers hit another 3-pointer, as the Crimson went ahead, 40-38, giving the Crimson its first lead since the opening minutes. With Harvard down a point, 46-45, Chambers made another big play on the offensive end, driving the lane and hitting a bucket and the ensuing foul shot after drawing contact, as the Crimson led, 48-46.

Saunders made a basket in the paint with 8:52 left, keeping Harvard ahead, 50-48. BU added its own four-point play seconds later, putting the Terriers back up by two, 52-50. Laurent Rivard knocked down a trey from the corner with 7:19 to go, giving the Crimson a two-point edge, 55-53. Chambers made it a one-point game again in favor of BU with a floater in the lane with just under five minutes to go, 58-57.

Following the fall exam period, Harvard will host Holy Cross Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.