CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball (3-4) posted an 86-80 win against Northeastern Tuesday night at Lavietes Pavilion in front of 1,517 fans. Freshman Seth Towns paced the Crimson with 24 points and six rebounds, adding three assists.
Sophomore Corey Johnson contributed a season high 21 points on a career high seven 3-pointers, while senior co-captain Siyani Chambers notched a double-double with 12 points and a personal-best 11 assists. The seven triples by Johnson marked the most since Peter Boehm (7) on Dec. 17, 2008.
Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, earned his 178th win at Harvard, tying Frank Sullivan as the all-time leader in Crimson wins.
Senior Zena Edosomwan also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Crimson (3-4). Four Crimson players contributed double-digit figures, a team first since March 5, 2016 against Penn. Two players posted a double-double for the first time since Houston (11/25/14).
Northeastern (4-5) was paced by Jeremy Miller with 26 points and eight boards. For the game, the Crimson shot 49.2 percent, while holding the Huskies to 42.6 percent from the field, including 25.0 from three. Eight of 12 players scored for Harvard.
Harvard took an early 11-7 lead, as Chambers assisted on each of the first four buckets over the initial five minutes. The Crimson rattled off 11 of the next 17 points to pull the score to 22-13, as Edosomwan and Towns each chipped in four points over the spurt.
Northeastern answered with a bucket from Alex Murphy, before a 10-6 rally pushed the Crimson ahead, 35-21, with four minutes to play in the stanza. Johnson used an up-fake to get by a Northeastern defender and nail a triple, capping the spurt. Chambers added a three-pointer at the 2:22 mark that gave Harvard a 40-27 lead heading into the break.
At the start of the second half, the Crimson put up nine of the first 15 points to increast its lead to 16, 49-33. A quick four-point spurt was quieted by a 7-0 rally by Harvard, capped by a dunk from Edosomwan to give Harvard a 56-37 advantage.
Chris Lewis made the score 61-41 on a putback before the Huskies posted 11-unanswered to pull within eight, 61-53. NU would get as close as five before Corbin Miller iced the game with a 3-pointer as time ran out on the shot clock.
The Crimson travels to Conte Forum Wednesday, Dec. 7 to take on Boston College. The game will begin at 7 pm and be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and ESPN3.
Game Notes: Freshman Seth Towns recorded a career-high 24 points, six boards and three assists … Corey Johnson contributed 21 points, notching a personal best 7-of-10 3-pointers … Senior Siyani Chambers tallied 13 points, for his third game in double-figures this season … Chambers dished out a personal-best 11 assists, his first double-double this season and sixth game with 10-plus assists … Zena Edosomwan registered 13 points for his first double-digit game this year and 13th in the past two seasons … His 13 boards marked the second game with 10-plus rebounds and first double-double this year … Four Crimson players tallied double-digits, the first time since the 74-56 win over Penn (Mar. 5, 2016) … For the first time since Dec. 22, 2015, Harvard scored over 80 points … Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, earned his 178th win at Harvard, tying Frank Sullivan as the all-time leader in Crimson wins.