Men’s Basketball’s Rally Cut Short at Holy Cross, 73-69

Photo by Paul Rutherford
Photo by Paul Rutherford
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Hitting the road for the first time this season, Harvard men's basketball came up just short against Holy Cross, falling 73-69 on Thursday night at Hart Arena.

The Crimson (2-1) offense was led by sophomore Seth Towns, who tallied a season-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds for his second-career double double. Freshman Danilo Djuricic was a standout on both ends, tallying career-highs across the board with 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while sophomore Bryce Aiken added 13 points with six assists.

Harvard got off to a slow start in the opening period, but closed the gap to three midway through after a 6-0 run, 19-16, with baskets from Aiken and classmate Justin Bassey and two free throws from Towns. The margin got as small as two later in the period, but a Holy Cross (2-0) run gave the home team a 10-point lead at the break, 41-31.

The Crimson outscored Holy Cross in the second half, 38-32, and battled back to make it a two-point game in the final minute. A clutch 3-pointer from Aiken gave Harvard life, while Towns and Djuricic also got in on the scoring in the final minute.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Towns totaled a season-high 24 points and his second-career double-double with 10 boards.
  • Djuricic tallied a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. The five blocks are the most for a Crimson student-athlete through three games, and he's the first Harvard player to reject five attempts since Zena Edosomwan '17 at Penn a year ago.

Game Notes:

  • The loss to Holy Cross is the fourth in a row in the series, and Harvard falls to 26-44 all-time against the Crusaders.
  • Harvard has had a player record a double-double in two out of three games this season.

What's Next?
Harvard continues its road trip at Manhattan Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.