San Francisco Thwarts Men’s Basketball’s Rally, 61-57

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot
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SAN FRANCISCO – In California for the first of two in-a-row on the west coast, Harvard men's basketball had its rally cut short by San Francisco, 61-57, on Wednesday night at the War Memorial at the Sobrato Center.

Junior Chris Lewis led three Crimson players in double figures with 16 points, ending the night 7-for-12 from the field while adding a game-high three blocked shots. Sophomore Danilo Djuricic and first-year Noah Kirkwood finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while sharing the team lead with seven rebounds. The Crimson (2-3) defense limited the Dons (5-0) to just 32 percent shooting from the field.

Harvard trailed by 11 points at the break, with Lewis leading the team with eight first half points. The Dons opened up a 10-point lead midway through the period, but baskets from sophomore Rio Haskett and Djuricic quickly cut the home team's advantage to five. Kirkwood stopped a San Francisco run to end the half with a 3-pointer from the wing.

The Crimson stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the second half, and took the lead with 5:06 to play after a pair of free throws from first-year Spencer Freedman capped a 16-5 run. After back-and-forth action, Freedman had a chance to tie the game at 59 apiece with 34 seconds on the clock, but his runner missed, and San Francisco held on for the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • The Harvard defense limited San Francisco to 32 percent shooting from the field, including a 2-for-18 mark from 3-point range.
  • Lewis led the Crimson in scoring for the fourth time this season, ending the night with 16 points.
  • Harvard came from behind in the second half with a 16-5 run, led by six points from Lewis and five from Djuricic during the stretch.

Game Notes

  •  Harvard falls to 0-3 all-time against the Dons.
  •  Three straight games have been decided by four or fewer points

What's Next?
Harvard continues its two-game stretch in California against Saint Mary's on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on