Towns paced the Crimson with 16 points (photo by Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening Ivy League play with a strong defensive performance, Harvard men's basketball won its conference opener over Dartmouth, 61-51, on Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.
Four Harvard (6-9, 1-0 Ivy) student-athletes scored in double figures, led by sophomore Seth Towns with 16. Classmate Christian Juzang contributed a career-high 12 points, while sophomore Justin Bassey and junior Corey Johnson tallied 11 points apiece. Towns and Bassey led the effort on the glass with six rebounds each, while sophomore Chris Lewis patrolled the paint with four blocked shots, which ties a career-best for the second-straight outing.
Harvard stifled the Dartmouth (4-8, 0-1 Ivy) attack in the first half, allowing just 19 points while heading to the break up by 10. Bassey led all scorers with eight points at the intermission, including a pair of 3-pointers. Harvard tied its season-high with 12 triples in the game.
The Crimson led by as many as 15 points in the second-half, but the Big Green used a big run to eventually take a three-point lead, 45-42, with six minutes to play. Resilient, the Crimson responded with a 12-0 run off of four consecutive 3-pointers, including two from Johnson, to take a nine-point lead. The Crimson hit its free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
- Four Harvard players reached double figures in scoring, led by 16 points from Towns.
- Juzang netted a career-best 12 points, and dished four assists.
- Harvard tied a season-high with 12 triples, with Johnson, Towns and Bassey each connecting on three from downtown.
- Lewis tied a career-high with four blocks.
- Harvard improves to 89-96 all-time against Dartmouth, with wins in each of its last three games.
- Head coach Tommy Amaker picked up his 199th victory at Harvard, and is one win away from becoming the fifth Ivy coach to reach 200 wins.
- Harvard has held six straight opponents to 65 points or fewer.
Harvard treks to Wofford for its final non-conference bout of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.