Late Comeback Not Enough as Men’s Basketball Falls to George Washington, 77-74

Bryce Aiken led the Crimson with 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball fell in the final minutes to George Washington, 77-74, Tuesday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Freshman Bryce Aiken paced the Crimson with 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

Freshman Seth Towns also contributed 17 points, adding five rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Corey Johnson netted four free throws, 12 points, two steals and one rebound. Senior captain Siyani Chambers dished out eight helpers, chipping in seven points and two steals.  

Harvard (1-4-0) burst out to an early 9-5 lead, with four points from freshman Seth Towns. Harvard held off George Washington (4-3-0), 13-9 at 11:26 with a pair of free throws from Towns and senior Zena Edosomwan. The Crimson and the Colonials battled back-and-forth, trading possessions over the next nine minutes, until George Washington pulled away on an 8-2 run to lead Harvard 37-33 at the break.

The second half started off with a 10-2 rally for George Washington, which would give the Colonials their largest lead of the game at 48-35. Edosomwan broke through with a dunk at the 13:58 mark. Corey Johnson followed, adding a three-pointer from the corner to bring Harvard within 10 points, starting a 20-10 Crimson spurt. 

Johnson and Aiken would notch a pair of three-pointers from the top of the crease to bring Harvard within six points with seven minutes left on the clock.

With 5:11 left in the contest, Harvard tied it up at 60 apiece with a three-pointer from Aiken off the right-side. The trey capped an 18-6 spurt by the Crimson over a four-minute span.

George Washington gained the edge in the last three minutes, heading to the line to connect on 13 points from the charity stripe. Johnson notched his fourth three-pointer in the last minute of the game, but it would not be enough for Harvard to catch GW.

Game Notes: Seth Towns added a personal best 17 points and five rebounds, his fourth-consecutive double figure game … Bryce Aiken tallied 17 points, four rebounds and seven assists for his second game in double-figures …  Senior Siyani Chambers notched a season-high eight assists, his 61st career game leading the team in helpers ... Chambers dished out the most assists since Tommy McCarthy against Cornell (02/20/2016) …  Zena Edosomwan led the Crimson in rebounding for the fourth time this year.