Men’s Basketball Earns Sixth Ivy Title, No. 1 Seed in Ivy Tournament with 93-74 Win Over Columbia

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Holding the Princeton Alumni Council Trophy for the sixth time in program history, Harvard men's basketball earned a share of the Ivy League title and the top seed in the Ivy League Tournament with a win over Columbia, 93-74, on Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

The Ivy title is Harvard's sixth under Tommy Amaker, and the first since 2014-15. The Crimson honored Chris Egi, Andre Chatfield and Zach Yoshor as the class of 2018 before the game, and the trio joins a select group to have captured two Ancient Eight titles in their careers.

Four Harvard players finished in double figures, led by a season-high 17 points from junior Corey Johnson. The sharpshooter finished 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and the Crimson tied the program record with 17 made 3-pointers in the game, while doing it in 14 fewer attempts. Sophomore Christian Juzang pitched in 16 points and seven assists, while classmates Chris Lewis and Seth Towns posted 14 points and nine rebounds and 13 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.

The Crimson led Columbia by 17 points in the first half, opening up a 42-25 lead behind an 8-for-11 mark from 3-point range. The Lions battled to cut its deficit to single digits, but triples from Johnson and sophomore Justin Bassey pushed the advantage beyond reach. Juzang gave Harvard its biggest lead of the game, 25 points, with two triples with just over five minutes to play.

Chatfield put the exclamation point on the finish with a triple at the top of the key, and Harvard burst into celebration with the triumph.

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard tied a program record with 17 made 3-point field goals, doing it in just 28 attempts (60.7 percent). Johnson led the way with five makes from beyond the arc.
  • Seth Towns tallied his third-career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards
  • Harvard scored 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 11-16, 2007, when it toppled Northwestern State and Mercer at the Basketball Travelers' Classic in Palo Alto, California.

Game Notes

  • Harvard concludes Ivy play atop the league standings, sharing its sixth Ivy League title with Penn. The Crimson earned the top seed via a tiebreaker with the Quakers.
  • The Crimson ended its home slate at 10-1, including a perfect 7-0 mark in Ivy play.
  • Harvard eclipsed its previous high in bench points under Tommy Amaker, scoring 59 from the bench.
  • Harvard's 62.7 percent shooting from the floor is its highest against Columbia under Tommy Amaker.
  • Seniors Chris Egi, Andre Chatfield and Zach Yoshor were honored for their passion and dedication pregame.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to the Palestra in Philadelphia for the Ivy League semifinals Saturday, March 10, where it will face fourth-seeded Cornell. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.