CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, became the all-time winningest head coach of the Crimson as Harvard bested Boston College, 74-66, Wednesday night at Conte Forum.
Freshman Chris Lewis broke out for a career high 22 points, shooting 9-of-12 from the floor and adding five rebounds. Senior co-captain Siyani Chambers continued to see the floor well, dishing out 11 assists, adding four points and four rebounds. Freshmen Seth Towns and Bryce Aiken added 18 and 16 points, respectively, for Harvard (4-4).
For the first half, Lewis and Towns posted 14 and 10 points, respectively, while Chambers dished out six dimes. Leading 10-8, the Crimson rattled off eight unanswered points – starting and ending with a bucket by Lewis – to pull ahead 18-8 seven minutes into the game.
Jerome Robinson answered for BC, but Harvard was not finished, posting 13 of the next 19 points, capped by a triple on the wing by Corbin Miller, to nearly double up the Eagles, 31-16. The Crimson maintained its pace, finishing the half up 46-30.
After the break, Towns hit a 15-foot jumper to push the Crimson ahead 55-38 at the 15:19 mark. Harvard maintained its cushion until the 8:33 mark, where the Eagles mounted a 13-1 rally to narrow the margin to 69-63. Freshman Justin Bassey gave the Crimson some breathing room with a lay-up off a dish in traffic from Chambers and the Crimson held on for an eight-point win, 74-66.
For the game, Harvard shot 48.1 percent, including a scorching 57.1 percent over the first 20 minutes. The Crimson hit 16-of-18 from the charity stripe and assisted on 21-of-26 buckets.
The Crimson breaks for finals, before heading to Houston Dec. 23.
Game Notes: Chris Lewis posted a career high with 22 points, his second game in double-figures this year. Seth Towns posted double-digits for the sixth time this season with 18 points. Bryce Aiken added 16 points, his fourth game with 10-plus points. Siyani Chambers dished out 10 assists, his third-straight game with double-figure helpers. Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, earned his 179th win at Harvard, passing Frank Sullivan as the all-time leader in Crimson wins.