Balanced Effort Leads Men’s Basketball Past Saint Mary’s, 74-68

Photo by Tod Fierner
Photo by Tod Fierner
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MORAGA, Calif. – Capping a two-game trip to the Bay Area, Harvard men's basketball led from start to finish in a 74-68 victory over Saint Mary's. The Crimson is just the second program to win a non-conference game in Moraga over the last three-plus seasons, joining UT Arlington (Dec. 8, 2016).

Harvard (3-3) had five players finish in double figures for the first time since February of 2017, led by junior Henry Welsh's career-high 15 points. First-year Noah Kirkwood tallied 12 points for the second game in a row, while juniors Christian Juzang and Robert Baker and sophomore Danilo Djuricic ended with 10. Baker secured a team-leading eight rebounds.

The Crimson smothered the Saint Mary's (3-3) attack in the opening period, allowing just 24 first half points. Jumping out to an early 17-8 lead, Harvard connected on four triples over the opening eight minutes. The Crimson held a double digit lead for the remainder of the half, and entered the intermission with a 34-24 lead.

Welsh kicked off the second half with two consecutive baskets, while Kirkwood made a pair of momentum-swinging plays with a 3-pointer and an and-1 to keep Harvard on top. The Gaels cut the Harvard lead to two with an 11-1 run midway through the period, but Harvard immediately responded with a 6-0 run, and pushed the lead back to double digits with under a minute to play.

Harvard Highlights

  • Welsh scored a career-high 15 points to go with five rebounds.
  • Baker ended the contest with 10 points and eight rebounds, while three other players ended in double figures - Kirkwood (12), Juzang (10), Djuricic (10).
  • The team combined to shoot 53.1 percent from the field, with Harvard topping 50 percent for the fourth time this season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard is just the second non-conference opponent to defeat Saint Mary's in Moraga since the start of the 2015-16, joining UT Arlington.
  • The Crimson earns its first win over the Gaels in program history.
  • The team had five players in double figures for the first time since Feb. 3, 2017, against Penn.

What's Next?
Harvard returns home to take on Holy Cross on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. inside Lavietes Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.