Saunders scored 15 points at Boston College while playing all 45 minutes (Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team overcame a 15-point deficit at Boston College Wednesday night to take the game into overtime, but the host Eagles found the answer in the extra session for a 64-57 victory.
Boston College (8-7, 0-3 ACC) outscored Harvard (10-4, 1-0 Ivy League) 17-10 after regulation to hand the Crimson its first overtime loss since 2009 and snap its six-game win streak versus the Eagles.
Wesley Saunders scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and was 7-of-8 at the line to pace the Crimson offense as Corbin Miller and Siyani Chambers contributed 14 points and 10 points, respectively. All 12 of Miller's points came from beyond-the-arc, marking the third straight game he has connected on four 3-pointers.
Harvard was outscored 38-16 in the paint despite holding a 39-35 edge on the glass. The Crimson was able to capitalize on 18 Boston College turnovers, scoring 21 points off the miscues, but the Eagles shot 6-of-7 in overtime and finished the game shooting 51.9 percent (27-52) from the field for the victory.
Four Eagles reached double-figures led by Olivier Hanlan's 17-point, eight-assist effort. Dennis Clifford recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
Boston College opened the game on an 11-2 run, knocking down 3-pointers on three straight possessions to force a Harvard timeout. Hanlan extended the Eagles' lead to 19-8 with a layup in transition, and Patrick Heckmann's layup on the break made it a 25-10 game with 8:07 remaining in the first.
Miller connected from 3 and Saunders picked Aaron Brown's pocket for a run-out dunk to end Harvard's drought. The Crimson was within 10 points following a Steve Moundou-Missi jumper, 29-19, and went into the intermission trailing 30-19.
Harvard shot just 25.0 percent (7-28) in the half while going 1-of-8 from deep. Boston College, meanwhile, shot 48.1 percent (13-27) and outscored the Crimson 16-8 in the paint.
The teams traded runs out of the break before the hustle play of Jonah Travis helped to pull Harvard within 35-29. Following a Miller 3, Travis drew a charge at the defensive end and grabbed an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession, before finishing the sequence off with a 10-foot jumper to cut the Crimson's deficit to six.
Miller scored eight straight points to answer a Heckman layup, tying the score at 39 for the first time since it was 2-2. A breakaway dunk by Evan Cummins gave Harvard its first lead of the night, 43-41, and following a Moudnou-Missi jumper the Crimson was on top, 47-45. Boston College would even things up once more, however, as a layup by Brown with just 19 seconds remaining sent the game into the extra session tied, 47-47.
Game Notes: Wesley Saunders has led Harvard in scoring 10 times this season … Corbin Miller has scored in double-figures in four straight games and in six of the team's last eight outings … Corbin Miller has matched his career-high with four 3-pointers in each of Harvard's last three games and five times overall this season … Harvard's loss ended three separate winning streaks; 20 straight wins versus opponents from Boston, nine straight wins in overtime games, six straight wins versus Boston College.