CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball posted a 64-52 victory over Fordham Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Freshman Bryce Aiken paced the Crimson with 16 points and seven rebounds, adding three assists. Senior co-captain Siyani Chambers dished out a season high 10 assists, while classmate and co-captain posted 10 points, all in the first half.
Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, earned his 177th win at Harvard, just one away from tying Frank Sullivan as the all-time leader in Crimson wins.
Fordham (5-4) was paced by Javontae Hawkins with 17 points and nine boards. For the game, the Crimson shot 47.6 percent, while holding the Rams to 33.3 percent from the field, including 26.3 from three. Nine of the 11 players scored for Harvard.
Neither team could find a rhythm over the first nine minutes, as the Crimson shot 3-of-9 from the field and the Rams connected on 4-of-13 shots. Fordham held a 10-8 lead before back-to-back 3-pointers by Miller gave Harvard a 14-10 advantage at the 9:22 mark.
Fordham responded with eight-unanswered points, before a 10-3 rally pushed the Crimson ahead, 24-21, with under three minutes in the half. Miller used an up-fake to get by a Fordham defender and nail a jumper, capping the spurt. Another Miller jumper and a three at the buzzer by Corey Johnson gave Harvard a 29-25 lead heading into the break.
Out of the locker room, Harvard scored the first four points and six of the first eight to gain a 35-27 advantage after a jumper by Aiken with 16:42 to play. Eight-straight by the Rams knotted the game at 35-35. Up by one, 41-40, the Crimson rattled off nine-consecutive points to push out to a 10-point lead, 50-40.
The Rams would not relent, pulling within five, 52-47, with 5:29 to play. The Crimson answered immediately, as a dunk by Edosomwan and a four-point play by Aiken gave Harvard its largest lead to that point, 58-47. Harvard closed out the game, wrapping a 64-52 win.
The Crimson will be back in action Tuesday, Dec. 6 vs. Northeastern at Lavietes, followed by a trip to Conte Forum to take on Boston College Wednesday, Dec. 7. Both games are set to tip at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Playing for the first time since Holy Cross, Corbin Miller posted 10 points, all in the first half, for his 23rd career game in double-figures. Harvard held Fordham to 28.6 percent shooting in the first half, the lowest for a Division I team this year. Bryce Aiken tallied 16 points, for his third game in double-figures and second-straight … Corey Johnson registered 10 points for his fourth double-digit game this year and 18th of his career … Senior Siyani Chambers notched a season-high 10 assists, his 62nd career game leading the team in helpers ... Chambers dished out the most assists since Wesley Saunders against Brown (March 7, 2015) … Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, earned his 177th win at Harvard, just one away from tying Frank Sullivan as the all-time leader in Crimson wins.