Amaker Wins 200th Game at Harvard, Towns’ Career-Best 26 Guides Men's Basketball Past Dartmouth, 62-57 (OT)

HANOVER, N.H. – Earning the first road victory in conference play by any Ivy League team this season, Harvard men's basketball triumphed over Dartmouth, 62-57 in overtime, led by a career-best 26 points from sophomore Seth Towns.

With the result, Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, became the fifth head coach in Ivy League history to record 200 wins at an Ivy League school. Amaker, who was already Harvard's all-time wins leader, was the second-fastest to record the milestone in Ivy history.

Towns led all-scorers, tying a career-best with 26 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore Chris Lewis was in double figures with 12 points, while classmate Justin Bassey tallied his first-career double-double season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bassey also chipped in a career-high four steals. A fourth sophomore, Henry Welsh, finished with six points and six rebounds, both of which are season-highs.

The Harvard defense stifled the Dartmouth attack in the opening frame, as the Crimson limited the Big Green to just 18 points. Harvard jumped out to a 17-point lead during the second frame, but a Dartmouth run closed the gap in the final minutes. Towns smoothly hit a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

The Crimson outscored the Big Green, 14-9, in the extra frame to earn the victory. Harvard notched the first two buckets of the frame, using a dunk from Lewis and a deep 3-pointer from Towns to gain control. Harvard was undeterred in the final frame, hitting four late free throws to seal the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard became the first Ivy team to win a conference road game this season
  • Tommy Amaker became the fifth head coach in Ivy history to record 200 wins at an Ivy program, and was the second fastest to do so, trailing only Princeton's Pete Carril.
  • Towns tied a career-high 26 points, which he set a year ago at Princeton.
  • Bassey recorded his first-career double-double.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned a sweep of Dartmouth for the seventh time in the last nine years, and improves to 90-96 all-time against the Big Green.
  • The sophomore class combined for all 62 of the Harvard points: Towns, Lewis, Bassey, Welsh and Christian Juzang.
  • Harvard held its eighth-straight opponent to fewer than 65 points, improving its league-leading scoring defense to 66.3 points.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to action at Yale and Brown Jan. 26-27 for 7 p.m. and 6 p.m. tip-offs, respectively. The Brown game will be shown on NESNplus, and both contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.