Men’s Basketball Completes Weekend Sweep with 68-47 Win Over Brown

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Keeping its second-straight opponent under 50 points, Harvard men's basketball completed a weekend sweep with a 68-47 victory over Brown on Saturday at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard improves to 10-7 overall, and 3-1 in the Ivy League, will Brown moves to 13-7 with a 1-3 Ancient Eight mark.

Junior Bryce Aiken led a balanced scoring output with 12 points, as the Crimson picked up its 19th-consecutive victory over the Bears. Classmates Chris Lewis, Robert Baker and Justin Bassey totaled 10 points each, while Henry Welsh added eight and first-year Noah Kirkwood poured in seven.

Welsh jump-started the Crimson with eight early points to give the Crimson a 13-7 lead after nine minutes. The advantage swelled to as many as 13 points on two occasions in the half, with Lewis and Kirkwood providing the buckets in the paint.

Harvard led by six at the half, 30-24, but quickly built a 14-point advantage over the first six minutes of the second frame. Continuing to control the pace of play, Harvard expanded its lead to 19 with an 8-0 run. The Crimson allowed just 23 points in the second half to earn its third win of conference play.

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard had four players in double figures: Aiken (12), Lewis (10), Baker (10) and Bassey (10).
  • The Crimson held its second-straight opponent under 50 points, and its third-straight under 60.
  • Harvard shot 53.5 percent as a team, while limiting Brown to 28.8 percent.

Game Notes

  • The Crimson earned its 19th-straight win over Brown, and improves to 104-72 all-time in the series.
  • Harvard improved to 5-1 at home this season.

What's Next?
The Crimson closes its five-game homestand against Columbia and Cornell Feb. 8-9 at Lavietes Pavilion. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.