Men's Basketball Falters at Florida Atlantic, 68-53

Edosomwan notched 11 points and nine boards to lead the Crimson (Sam Wasson).

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Siyani Chambers, Wesley Saunders and Zena Edosomwan each scored 11 points as the Harvard men's basketball team fell at Florida Atlantic Tuesday night, 68-53.

Harvard (14-3, 1-0 Ivy League) struggled to find its shooting touch all night, connecting on just 23.0 percent (14-61) of its attempts from the field and 67.6 percent (23-34) from the line. FAU (6-12, 2-2 C-USA), meanwhile, shot 46.9 percent (23-49) from the field and 70.0 percent (14-20) at the line.

Saunders, Chambers and Edosomwan paced the Crimson with 11 points apiece, with Edosomwan also pulling down a game-high nine boards. Marquan Botley finished the night with 23 points to lead the Owls, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from three.

Harvard faced an 8-0 deficit to begin the game after coming up empty on each of its first eight possessions. Laurent Rivard buried a three-pointer to put the Crimson on the board, but FAU continued its run to extend the lead to 20-5.

Brandyn Curry cut down the middle of the lane to finally end Harvard's drought, and Saunders followed with four straight points to make it a 21-12 game. Saunders came away with a block at the defensive end on the ensuing possession, starting a fast break which resulted in a pair of free throws for  Chambers to cut the deficit to seven points, 21-14.

Edosomwan answered a three by the Owls to keep the margin at 26-17, and after three free throws from Rivard Harvard went into the locker room trailing 29-20. The Crimson shot just 5-of-29 in the frame against an 11-of-22 performance by FAU, but held a 21-18 advantage on the glass and got to the line 13 times.

The lead bounced between seven and 11 points early in the second half with Saunders jumper making it a 30-23 game before a Botley three moved the score to 37-26. After an Edosomwan hook shot cut the deficit to 37-28, D'Andre Johnson and Botley connected on back-to-back triples to give FAU a 45-28 lead, its largest of the night.

A pair of free throws by Steve Moundou-Missi with 9:29 remaining began a 9-0 run as Harvard pulled to within five points, 48-43. Chambers followed Moundou-Missi with two of his own at the line, and another hook shot from Edosomwan moved the score to 48-40. Saunders and Chambers capped the run off at the line.

Moundou-Missi answered a quick 5-0 spurt by the Owls with a strong move on the baseline, but Johnson came right back to put the lead at 10, 55-45. Following a free throw by Saunders and putback by Moundou-Missi the score stood at 55-48, but FAU closed the game out on a 13-5 stretch to earn the 68-53 victory.

Game Notes: Harvard shot 23.0 percent (14-61) from the field, the lowest totals under head coach Tommy Amaker … Laurent Rivard made two three-pointers to move into sole possession of eighth place in Ivy League history (239) … Zena Edosomwan scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting and corralled a career-best nine rebounds … Siyani Chambers matched his career-high with nine makes from the free throw line.