Siyani Chambers dished out a career-best 11 assists (Jessica Hill).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Siyani Chambers posted his second-straight double-double, pouring in 18 points and adding a career-high 11 assists, as the Harvard men's basketball team extended its win streak to four with a 67-65 win at Cornell Friday evening.
Harvard led by as many as 21 points and held off a Big Red push late in the game to hold on for its fifth straight conference win to start the season.
Wesley Saunders added 14 points to extend his streak of scoring in double figures to 19 games, and Christian Webster tallied a season-high 17 points, making five 3-pointers, helping the Crimson improve to 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. Harvard shot 55.1 percent and went 8-of-18 from beyond the arc (.444). Cornell was led by Errick Peck with 17 points and nine rebounds, as the Big Green falls to 10-12 and 2-3 in the Ancient Eight.
The Crimson remains on the road, and will visit Columbia Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The game was moved from Saturday at 7 p.m. because of the impending snow storm.
Following a layup by Jonah Travis, the Crimson went up 4-0, and then Harvard took a 6-3 advantage when Saunders scored on an and-one. After Chambers sent a pass to Steve Moundou-Missi for a bucket, 8-3, Saunders scored on another and-one, making it 10-3. Moundou-Missi added a reverse layup, 12-3, but Cornell answered with a mini-run, 7-0, to pull within two, 12-10, but Chambers drained a jumper to make it 14-10.
Moundou-Missi made his third straight basket, 16-10, and then Saunders converted on a nice reverse move from under the hoop, 18-10. After Christian Webster nailed a long three-pointer, the Big Red answered with six consecutive points to make it a five-point game, 21-16. Webster drained another triple, 26-16, and then Chambers dribbled to the top of the key and added a trey of his own as the Crimson went up by 13.
Moments later, Chambers lost possession for a moment after driving the lane, but picked up the loose ball and fired for a jumper before the shot clock expired, 31-16. Chambers, who had nine points in the first half, knocked down another jumper, 33-20, and then Webster scored on the break off an assist by Chambers, 38-22.
Saunders had 10 points in the first 20 minutes, helping the Crimson shoot 60.0 percent as a team (15-of-25).
Webster made his third 3-pointer to start the half, and Chambers dribbled into the paint and finished with a layup, 43-22. After Chambers knocked down a triple from the corner, 46-25, Travis scored on a two-handed dunk, 48-29. With 14:32 to play in the game, Chambers picked up his seventh assist by slipping a pass to Laurent Rivard, who drained a triple, 51-32.
Chambers fought off two defenders to finish with a bucket in the lane, 53-34, and with 8:35 to go, Webster made a quick pass in the lane to Chambers, who scored with a layup, 59-43. After the Big Red went on a 6-0 run to get within 11, Chambers clinched the double-double with a dish to Moundou-Missi, 61-48.
On Harvard's next possession, Webster drilled his fourth trey, this time with the shot clock winding down, 64-50. Webster made another 3-pointer moments later, making it a 67-52 contest. Cornell responded with an 11-0 run to pull within seven, 67-63.
With 42.6 seconds left, the Big Red got within two, 67-65, but the Big Red could not find the equalizer in the final seconds, as the Crimson held on for the win.