Strong Second Half Leads Men’s Basketball Past Brown, 87-74

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard men's basketball outscored Brown by 16 points in the second half to push the Crimson to an 87-74 win over the Bears Friday evening at Pizzitola Sports Center. Harvard trailed by as many as 10 points, but used a 25-6 run in the second half to reverse its fortune.

Harvard (13-7, 5-2 Ivy) was paced by a career high 23 points from freshman Bryce Aiken, who shot 7-of-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Classmate Seth Towns added 17 points and four rebounds, while senior co-captain Siyani Chambers posted 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Freshman Justin Bassey added 11 points to round out the double-figure scorers. The Crimson bench kicked in 36 points to spark Harvard to the win.

Steven Spieth paced the Bears (11-12, 2-5) with 21 points, while Tavon Blackmon added 14 points. Obi Okolie added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Travis Fuller chipped in 11 points and five boards.

The two teams stayed within a possession of each other for the first 10 minutes, until Towns scored six-straight points to push Harvard ahead, 23-18, with 9:14 to play. After trading baskets over the next four minutes, the Bears rattled off a 9-2 run to end the half and take a three-point lead, 35-32, into the locker room.

Brown did not relent after the break, scoring nine of the first 13 points to take an eight-point lead, 44-36, at the under 16 media timeout. The Bears held a 10-point advantage, 51-41, at the 13:54 mark, before the Crimson posted an 11-5 rally to pull within four, 56-52, four minutes later.

Harvard continued its onslaught, spouting off a 14-1 run over the next 3:04 to hold a nine-point advantage, 66-57, with 6:48 to play. Six-straight points from Brown threatened the Crimson advantage, but a drive by Chambers sparked a 9-2 Crimson run that was capped by an Edosomwan tip-in. The 11-point Harvard lead would not be relinquished, as Harvard walked away with the 13-point win.

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Harvard will be at Yale tomorrow. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Game Notes: Seth Towns posted double-digits for the 12th time this season. For the 12th time this season, Bryce Aiken scored double-digits. Aiken posted 20-plus for the fifth time this year, matching his career high, and paced Harvard in scoring for the ninth time. Chambers posted 10-plus for the 10th time this year and 68th overall. For the sixth time this year, Justin Bassey poured in 10-plus. This marks the fifth-straight game the Crimson has come back from a double-digit deficit, winning three games and coming within three or less in two games.