Towns’ 31 Not Enough as Columbia Tops Men’s Basketball, 83-76

Photo by Michael Reaves
Photo by Michael Reaves
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NEW YORK – Falling for the first time this season in conference play, Harvard men's basketball was topped by Columbia, 83-76, on Friday night at Levien Gym.

Sophomore Seth Towns set a career-high for the second-straight game, finishing with 31 points and career-bests of 11 field goals and six 3-pointers. Junior Corey Johnson totaled 15 points, and freshman Danilo Djuricic tallied 10. Sophomore Justin Bassey scored seven points to go with team highs of six rebounds and five assists.

Towns led the Crimson (9-11, 4-1 Ivy League) with 18 points at the break, helping Harvard to a 41-35 halftime lead. The forward connected on four triples in the opening frame, and the Crimson went 10-for-19 in the half overall. Sophomore Christian Juzang, Johnson and Djuricic hit two 3-pointers apiece in the period.

The Lions (5-13, 2-3 Ivy League) got hot from the field in the second half, and held onto the lead despite a Crimson charge.

Harvard Highlights

  • Towns reached 30 points for the second-straight game, posting the highest total in the Ivy League on the night with a career-high 31 points.
  • Johnson tallied a season-best 15 points and five 3-pointers.
  • Djuricic reached double figures for the fourth time in his career, ending with 10 points.

Game Notes

  • Harvard falls to 81-98 all-time against Columbia.
  • Harvard knocked down a season-best 16 shots from 3-point range, which is one shy of the Harvard single-game record.

What's Next?
Harvard concludes its six-game road trip at Cornell Feb. 3. The 7 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network.