Sell-Out Crowd Sees Men’s Basketball Best Dartmouth, 82-68

Photos courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photos courtesy of Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of a sell-out crowd of 2,195 fans, Harvard men's basketball (10-5, 2-0) posted an 82-68 win over Dartmouth Saturday afternoon. The Crimson was led by 19 points by freshman Seth Towns.

The Crimson also saw great production from Corey Johnson, who added 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and from Zena Edosomwan with 15 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Senior co-captain Siyani Chambers also chipped in 10 points and a team-best six assists.

Dartmouth (3-12, 0-2) was paced by Guilien Smith with 18 points, as Evan Boudreaux added 15 points and five rebounds. Wesley Dickinson chipped in 12 points.

The Crimson came out hot from behind the arc, hitting four of its first seven shots from long range to take a 10-point lead, 12-2, with six minutes gone. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Aiken and Johnson, and two free throws from Chambers, capped an 8-5 spurt that pushed Harvard ahead, 22-9, at the 10:24 mark.

A jumper from the free throw line from Towns gave the Crimson a 12-point lead, 29-17, with 7:06 to play. Dartmouth controlled the half from there, scoring 18 of the final 25 points to take a 35-34 advantage into the locker room. Miles Wright hit a 3-pointer as the clock expired to give the Big Green its first lead.

For the half, the Crimson shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28), including 8-of-15 from behind the arc. The Big Green also shot 42.9 percent, but hit just 3-of-7 from long range.

With Dartmouth leading 43-42 with 15:47 to play, Edosomwan started a 15-4 spurt, scoring six points over the rally, to push the Crimson ahead 10, 57-47, nearly five minutes later. Corbin Miller capped the run with a triple from the wing.

Dartmouth's Wesley Dickinson connected on a lay-up with 10 minutes to play, but Harvard responded immediately, ripping off five-straight points to hold a 62-49 advantage with 9:13 to play. Ahead by the same margin two minutes later, Johnson netted a trey and the Crimson scored five of the next six points to balloon its advantage to 17, 70-53, with six minutes to play.

The lead would get no closer than 11 for the rest of the game, as Harvard secured its second-straight Ivy win, 82-68.

For the full, archived broadcast of today's game, please click here.

Harvard hits the road to face Cornell and Columbia next weekend. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Game Notes: This marked the 100th home win for head coach Tommy Amaker. Seth Towns each posted double-figures for the ninth time this year and second-straight game. For the seventh time this year and 21st time overall, Corey Johnson scored 10-plus with 15 points. For the second time this year and first since Northeastern on Dec. 6, Zena Edosomwan posted double-digits with 15 points. Siyani Chambers ranks No. 21 all-time in scoring with 1,145 points and fifth in assists with 527. The 13 threes marked the most against Dartmouth under head coach Tommy Amaker. The 86 Ivy wins puts Amaker one away from tying Jack McCloskey (Penn) for No. 7 all-time. The Crimson had balanced scoring with eight of nine players scoring and seven scoring six-plus points. Siyani Chambers contributed double-digits for the 65th time in his career (seventh game this year). The win marked the fourth-straight for the Crimson.