Edosomwan set a Diamond Head Classic tournament record with 17 rebounds (Jay Metzger).
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Zena Edosomwan set career-highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds as Corbin Miller added 17 points, pushing the Harvard men's basketball team to an 85-82 overtime win over BYU Tuesday afternoon in the team's first game at the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
Edosomwan scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and overtime after grabbing 10 rebounds in the first. His 17 total rebounds, meanwhile, set a new Diamond Head Classic tournament record and are the most by a student-athlete under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball.
Miller's 17 points came on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond-the-arc as the Crimson (4-6) sank 11-of-22 from distance for the day. Corey Johnson added four 3-pointers for 12 points, with Agunwa Okolie chipping in 11 points while shooting 7-of-8 from the line.
With the win, Harvard advances to face Auburn on Wednesday, Dec. 23 following the Tiger's 83-78 win over New Mexico in the tournament's first game. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST live on ESPNU.
Evan Cummins scored the game's first four points as Harvard sprinted out to an 8-0 lead. A pair of 3-pointers from Johnson and Tommy McCarthy pushed the score to 16-3, and Johnson beat the shot clock with an NBA-range triple to make it a 19-3 game. BYU (7-4) scored six straight points to pull back within 19-9, but a 3 by Miller regained a 22-9 advantage.
The Cougars used a 10-2 stretch to cut their deficit to 24-19, and got within 28-26 on a Corbin Kaufusi dunk. Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars their first lead with a 3-pointer in transition, 29-28, but Miller drilled his third from deep to give the Crimson a 31-29 lead at the break.
Miller shot 3-of-4 from distance for nine first-half points as Zena Edosomwan contributed five points and 10 rebounds.
The teams traded baskets to begin the second half before BYU eventually took a 43-41 edge on Nick Emery's and-1 with 11:57 to play. An offensive board by Edosomwan led to Johnson's third 3-pointer to regain the lead, 44-43, but the Cougars answered right back for a 47-44 spread. Edosomwan tied the score at 49-all with an and-1 of his own, and another Miller triple gave the Crimson a 52-49 edge.
Tied at 55, Patrick Steeves scored his first points on a spot-up 3 then found Edosomwan for a two-handed slam and a 60-55 margin. A 9-0 spurt put BYU back in front, however, before Edosomwan hit a cutting Steeves for a layup to make it a 64-62 game with 1:41 to play.
Steeves sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 64 with 44 seconds remaining, but a foul at the other end allowed BYU to move back in front on a pair of Chase Fischer free throws, 66-64. Steeves answered with a quick bucket to even the score again at 66-66, and a defensive stop sent the game into overtime.
Johnson responded to a Kyle Davis jumper with his fourth triple to give Harvard a 69-68 edge in overtime, before an Emery and-1 put the Cougars back in front, 73-70. Miller got the score to within one with his fifth make from distance, 76-75, and a pair of baskets from Edosomwan and Cummins kept the margin the same. Trailing 82-81 following free throws by Cummins, Agunwa Okolie turned Collinsworth over before getting to the line himself to regain the lead, 83-82. The Crimson defense dug in once again to force BYU's 15th turnover of the day, and Okolie sealed the victory with two more at the line, 85-82.
Game Notes: Zena Edosomwan recorded his fourth double-double with a career-high 21 points and 17 rebounds ... Zena Edosomwan's 17 rebounds set a Diamond Head Classic tournament record and are tied for the most by a student-athlete under Tommy Amaker … Harvard improved to 13-4 in overtime games under Tommy Amaker … Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in each game this season, and has made at least 10 3's three times … Corbin Miller scored a season-high 17 points and matched his career-high with five 3-pointers … Corbin Miller has made at least one 3-pointer in 13-straight games dating back to last season … Corey Johnson has made at least one 3-pointer in all 10 games to begin his career.