Men’s Basketball Stopped by Northeastern, 81-71

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At home for the second-straight game to open the season, Harvard men's basketball fell to Northeastern, 81-71, on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Both teams move to 1-1 records following the result.

Junior Chris Lewis led the Crimson offense for the second-straight game, finishing with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. The forward also added game-highs of three steals and two blocks. Sophomore Rio Haskett scored a career-high 15 points, while juniors Christian Juzang and Justin Bassey added 13 and 12 points apiece.

The Crimson got off to a strong start, and led 21-11 early following a pair of triples from first-year Spencer Freedman. Northeastern closed the gap with a run of their own, and the teams left for the intermission locked at 33-33.

Lewis and Juzang each scored 10 points in a second half filled with back-and-forth action. Harvard was within one point with 6:18 to play, 58-57, following a strong dunk from Lewis, and remained within a bucket after a triple from Juzang with 2:33 to play, 67-64. The Huskies hit nine free throws down the stretch to close out the result.

Harvard Highlights

  • Lewis led the offense for the second-straight game, and is averaging 18.5 points through two outings.
  • Haskett posted a new career-high with 15 points.
  • The Crimson finished 11-for-23 from 3-point range (47.8%), with Haskett, Freedman and Juzang each hitting a trio from beyond the arc.

Game Notes

  • Harvard falls to 38-17 all-time against the Huskies.
  • The defeat at home was just Harvard's third at home since the 2017 calendar year began.

What's Next?
Harvard hits the road for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when it travels to Massachusetts for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Mullins Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.