Harvard Men’s Basketball Drops 63-52 Decision to Holy Cross

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team (1-2) fell to Holy Cross, 63-52, Tuesday evening in front of 1,609 fans at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson was undone by two big Holy Cross runs before and after halftime.   

Sophomore Corey Johnson finished with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Freshman Seth Towns chipped in 12 points, seven in the second half, adding a personal-best six rebounds and five assists. 

Patrick Benzan and Karl Charles finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Crusaders. Holy Cross posted a plus-12 advantage in the pant and scored 11 more points off Harvard's 19 turnovers. 

The Crimson burst out to an 11-5 lead, starting the run with four points from freshman Henry Welsh and capping it with a Johnson triple in the corner off a dish from Towns. Holy Cross responded with 10 of the next 15 points to pull within one, 16-15, with 9:32 to play in the half.

Freshman Justin Bassey started a 6-3 Crimson spurt to gain a four-point cushion, 22-18, before the Crusaders ripped off 15 of the next 18 points to hold a 33-25 advantage at the break.

The two teams traded baskets over the first four minutes of the second stanza before Holy Cross posted 13-straight points to hold its largest lead of the contest, 49-30, with 13:29 to play. Charles finished the rally with a triple from the wing in front of the Holy Cross bench.

Sophomore Tommy McCarthy quieted the Crusaders with a triple on the other end and the Crimson scored seven of the next nine points to move within 11, 51-40, at the 7:16 mark. Towns posted four points in the run, including a step-back jumper from the short corner.

The Crusaders would not allow a comeback, scoring the next eight points to push back out to a 19-point lead, 59-40. Back-to-back triples by Johnson would not be enough, as Holy Cross walked away with a 63-52 win.

The Crimson will break for the Thanksgiving holiday before heading to Amherst to take on UMass Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Seth Towns finished the contest with a personal-best 12 points, his second-straight double-figure game, adding six rebounds and five assists … Corey Johnson posted 17 points, his 16th career double digit game and second this season … Against teams from Massachusetts, Harvard moves to 30-13 under Amaker … Henry Welsh paced the team in rebounding for the second time this season with a career-best nine.