Men’s Basketball Beats Penn, 76-67, Moves to Top of Ivy League Table

Lewis tallied a career-high 25 points (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Earning a sweep in its first home Ivy League weekend, Harvard men's basketball moved to the top of the Ivy League standings with a 76-67 win over Penn on Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.

Sophomore Chris Lewis paced the home team with a career-high 25 points to go with five rebounds and two blocks, while classmates Seth Towns and Justin Bassey finished in double figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Bassey added a game-high seven rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Christian Juzang poured in eight points with a career-best six helpers and six boards.

Harvard took a 31-24 advantage into halftime after leading for a majority of the opening frame. The Crimson held Penn to 32 percent shooting in the period, while Lewis battered the Quakers for 13 points in the half.

The Crimson led for the entirety of the second half, extending its lead to 16 midway through the period. The Quakers managed to cut the Crimson advantage to seven with 2:30 on the clock, but Towns responded with an important 3-pointer, and the Crimson earned its seventh win of conference play.

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore Chris Lewis tallied a career-high 25 points, and his third game of at least 20 points this season.
  • Towns netted 17 points with three rebounds and two blocks.
  • Bassey neared a season-high with 12 points, while picking up seven rebounds and two steals.
  • Juzang tied a career-best with six assists, while chipping in eight points and six rebounds.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned a sweep of Penn and Princeton, and leads the Ivy League standings at 7-1 overall.
  • The Crimson tallied just six turnovers, while scoring 15 points off of 11 Penn giveaways.
  • Harvard improved to 6-1 at Lavietes Pavilion this season, with a 3-0 mark during Ancient Eight play.

What's Next?
Harvard remains at home for a weekend series with Brown and Yale Feb. 16-17. The Brown clash begins at 7 p.m. on NESN and the Ivy League Network, while the Yale clash will tip-off at 9:30 p.m. on ESPNU.