CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Bryce Aiken posted a personal-best 23 points, including a career-high six makes from three, to help the Crimson to a 67-46 win over Howard Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Crimson (6-4) has won five-straight, the most since Harvard won eight-consecutive from Jan. 30-Feb. 21, 2015. Freshman Chris Lewis neared a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Zena Edosomwan neared his personal best with 16 boards, adding eight points for Harvard.
Howard (3-11) did not have a player in double-figures, as the Bison was led by Tyler Stone with nine points, as Charles Williams and Damon Collins added eight apiece. The Crimson held the Bison to 31.1 percent shooting.
The Harvard defense kept Howard off the board over the first five minutes, holding the Bison to 0-of-5 shooting to push out to a 7-0 advantage. Howard responded with seven-straight points to even the score two minutes later. The two teams stayed within four points of each other until back-to-back 3-pointers from Aiken and Corey Johnson edged the Crimson ahead, 22-16, with five minutes remaining.
A four-point rally by the Bison did not deter the Crimson, who ripped off 11 of the final 13 points to hold a 33-22 lead at the break. Aiken scored eight of the final 11 points and assisted on the other and-one basket.
Chris Lewis started the second stanza with a monstrous dunk, and the Crimson kept a 10-point distance from the Bison over the next seven minutes. At 13:06, Kofi Andoh connected on a lay-up and Howard pulled within nine, 40-31. Aiken answered immediately with a triple from the wing to start an 8-1 Harvard spurt, ballooning the lead to 16, 48-32, at the 11:09 mark.
With 9:50 remaining in the second half, Harvard rattled off 10-straight points to hold a 59-36 lead four minutes later. The Crimson retained its advantage, cruising to a 67-46 win.
Harvard embarks on a two-game road swing at Vermont Jan. 2 and Dartmouth Jan. 7.
Game Notes: Zena Edosomwan pulled down 16 rebounds, his third game this season with 10-plus boards and 17th of his career. He was one away from his personal best. Bryce Aiken paced the team with 23 points, his sixth game with 10-plus points and fifth leading the team. He eclipsed 20-points for the third time this season. The five-game win streak marks the longest for the Crimson since Jan. 30-Feb. 21, 2015, when Harvard won eight in-a-row. Zena Edosomwan led the Crimson in rebounds for the eighth time in 2016-17. Chris Lewis recorded double-figures for the third time this year.