Men's Basketball Downs Boston University, 74-63

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Led by a balanced scoring effort, Harvard men's basketball defeated cross-town foe Boston University (4-7), 74-63, on Thursday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The win moves Harvard to a perfect 3-0 at home this season.

Sophomore Seth Towns and junior Weisner Perez led the Crimson with 12 points apiece, while sophomore Justin Bassey was also in double digits with 11. Six different players tallied at least seven points, while 11 players connected on a field goal for the Crimson (5-6). Perez led the effort on the glass with a game-high seven rebounds, while senior Chris Egi pitched in eight points, four rebounds and three steals. 

Perez got the Crimson on the board first, and propelled the Crimson to an early 6-1 lead, contributing all six points for Harvard.  A few minutes later, junior guard Corey Johnson stepped back for three thanks to a steal by freshman guard Rio Haskett. Towns completed a 3-pointer with eight minutes left in the half, followed by a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Christian Juzang, who finished with nine points. After 20 minutes of play Harvard held a narrow, 36-34, lead.

To open the second half, junior Robbie Feinberg netted his first-career bucket for the Crimson, pushing Harvard's lead to 39-34 with a deep triple. Juzang collected his second three of the game halfway through the second with 10:50 left to play, and the Crimson drew out its lead with less than eight minutes left in the game, controlling a 58-46 lead. Harvard maintained the lead over the final minutes, hitting a handful of free throws to come away victorious, 74-63.

Harvard Highlights

  • Towns and Perez netted a team-high 12 points, while Perez tallied a game-high seven rebounds. Both totals were season highs for Perez.
  • Bassey finished in double figures with 11 points, which is also a season-high.
  • Juzang netted a career-best nine points, while Egi tied a career-best with eight. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 38-28 all-time against Boston University, including wins in each of the last eight meetings.
  • The win was Tommy Amaker's 198th at Harvard, which ties him for fifth all-time in Ivy history with Jack Rohan.
  • Feinberg and senior Zach Yoshor tallied their first-career starts, while Perez, Egi and senior Andre Chatfield started their first game this season. 
  • Harvard connected on 45 percent of its 3-point attempts, which is a season-best.

What's Next?

Harvard travels to George Washington this Saturday, Dec. 23 for a 12 p.m. tip-off. The game will air on Stadium and Facebook Live.