Men’s Basketball Triumphs Over Princeton in Overtime, 72-66

Bassey led the way with 18 points, a career-high (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – In the first of its two road games of the weekend, Harvard men's basketball earned a victory over Princeton, 72-66, in overtime on Friday night at Jadwin Gymnasium.

Sophomore Justin Bassey led the offense with a career-high 18 points, including a 3-for-4 mark from beyond the 3-point arc. Bassey also added eight rebounds, as the Crimson outmuscled Princeton on the glass, 38-24. Sophomore Chris Lewis and freshman Danilo Djuricic were also in double figures, netting 13 and 12, respectively.

The Tigers (11-15, 3-8 Ivy) got out to an early eight-point lead, but the Crimson (15-11, 10-1 Ivy) battled back to tie the score at 27-27 right before halftime as Bassey and Lewis combined to score Harvard's final 12 points of the period. Princeton, however, took a three-point lead into halftime after hitting a triple at the first period buzzer.

Princeton pushed its lead to a game-high 10 points five minutes into the second half, but back-to-back triples from Bassey and Djuricic cut the deficit to four. Bassey later hit a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the half, each of them to tie the game, while sophomore Seth Towns, who finished with nine points and nine rebounds, drove to the rim for a lay-up with 90 seconds to go that sent the game to overtime.

Harvard jumped out to an eight-point lead in overtime, led by four points from freshman Rio Haskett, who tied a career-high with nine points. Sophomore Christian Juzang iced the game late with a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Five players tallied at least nine points, led by a career-best 18 from Bassey. Haskett also tied a career-high with nine.
  • Juzang recorded seven assists, giving him at least seven in two-straight games.
  • Harvard dominated the rebounding battle, 38-24.

Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 3-0 in overtime this season.
  • The Crimson earned a season sweep of Princeton, and moves to 5-1 on the road in Ivy League action.
  • The Crimson remain tied for first atop the Ivy standings at 10-1.

What's Next?
Harvard treks to Penn for a battle for first place in the Ivy League on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.