Men’s Basketball Falls Late to Penn, 74-71

Towns had a game-high 22 points (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – In a back-and-forth contest with 20 lead changes, Harvard men's basketball came up just short to Penn, 74-71, on Saturday night at the Palestra.

Sophomore Seth Towns led the offense with a game-high 22 points, going 7-for-10 from the floor with a 2-for-2 mark from 3-point range. Junior Corey Johnson contributed 14 points with four triples, as Harvard went 10-for-21 from beyond the arc in the game. Sophomore Justin Bassey, meanwhile, filled the stat sheet with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.

The score was level at the half, 35-35, as Harvard shot 52.2 percent in the period. The Crimson led by as many as five in the frame, as Bassey converted a basket plus a foul and Towns knocked down two at the stripe with 4:25 to go, but Penn fought back to even the score before the intermission.

Penn and Harvard traded one-possession leads for a majority of the period, before the Quakers opened up a seven-point lead with two minutes to play. Undeterred, Towns and Johnson combined for a trio of 3-pointers late to pull within two. Penn connected on one out of two free throws in the closing seconds to give them a 74-71 advantage, but Harvard's heave at the buzzer went long.

Harvard Highlights

  • Towns tallied a game-high 22 points to go with eight rebounds.
  • Johnson snapped the nets for four 3-pointers, finishing with 14 points and four rebounds.
  • Bassey led Harvard in rebounding for the eighth time this season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard split the season series with Penn, and falls to second in the conference standings with the result.
  • The Crimson concludes its road mark in Ivy play at 5-2.

What's Next?
Harvard returns home for its regular season finales against Cornell and Columbia March 2-3. The Cornell game will be broadcast on ESPN3, and both contests can be found on the Ivy League Network.