Second Half Surge Leads No. 7/7 Kentucky Past Men’s Basketball, 79-70

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Taking the floor in a nationally televised game on ESPN, Harvard men's basketball fell in a close battle to No. 7/7 Kentucky, 79-70, on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. 

Sophomore Seth Towns came within a point of his career-high, totaling 25 points, including a career-best six triples, to go with six rebounds. Freshman Danilo Djuricic was in double figures with 10 points, and led the squad with seven rebounds.

Towns caught fire in the first half, tying a career-high in the period alone with four 3-pointers. He led the team with 14 points at the break, and cut a seven-point Kentucky lead to one after back-to-back triples to quiet the Rupp Arena crowd. Harvard trailed by five at the half, 42-37.  

The two teams traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the Wildcats went on a 19-4 run midway through to take command. Harvard battled back with a 16-5 run of its own to close the game, but the home team walked off with the victory.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Towns' 25 points was his highest total this season, and was just one off his career high. His six threes were a career-best.
  • Djuricic 's versatility was on full display, as he recorded double-digit scoring for the third time this season. His seven rebounds matched a career-high.
  • The Crimson shot the ball well from the perimeter, netting a season-high 12 3-pointers.

Game Notes:

  • This was the first meeting in program history between the two schools.
  • The game was nationally broadcast on ESPN, representing the program's second game on ESPN's flagship channel.
  • Kentucky is the second ranked opponent Harvard has played this season, and the highest-ranked opponent since the 2015-16 season, when it played top-five teams Oklahoma and Kansas.
  • Harvard tallied 47 points off the bench, which is its second-highest output this season.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Fordham. The 7 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast on the Atlantic 10 Network.