Men’s Basketball Wins Road Opener at Massachusetts, 74-71

Photo courtesy Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics
Photo courtesy Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics
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AMHERST, Mass. – Picking up the win in its opening road action, Harvard men's basketball pushed past Massachusetts, 74-71, on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. Harvard improved to 2-1 on the season, while dealing UMass its first loss.

Junior Chris Lewis led the Crimson in scoring for the third-straight game with 16 points, finshing 8-for-11 from the floor. Sophomore Danilo Djuricic scored 13 points, while junior Christian Juzang was also in double figures with 10. Filling up the stat sheet, junior Justin Bassey finished with seven points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

The Crimson got out to an early lead behind Djuricic's 10 first half points, and left for the half leading by eight, 39-31. UMass had cut an early Harvard advantage to two with just over four minutes to go, but baskets from Robert Baker, Noah Kirkwood and Henry Welsh increased the cushion before the break.

The Minutemen cut into the Harvard advantage over the opening 10 minutes of the second half, and took a one-point lead, 58-57, with 7:35 to play. The Crimson responded with a bucket from Lewis and a momentum-shifting triple from Rio Haskett to assert control, as the team managed the game for the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • The Crimson tallied a season-high 21 assists, led by seven from Bassey.
  • Lewis led the team in scoring for the third-straight game. The junior is shooting north of 77 percent from the field this season.  
  • Djuricic and Juzang ended in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its second-straight win over UMass, and improves to 10-16 all-time in the series history.
  • The team's 21 assists were its most since March 3 last season, when it had 24 against Columbia.  

What's Next?
Harvard heads to Rhode Island to face its second-straight Atlantic 10 opponent on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.