ORLANDO, Fla. – Taking the floor in the semifinals of the Orlando Invitational, Harvard men's basketball fell late to No. 5/8 Maryland, 80-73. The Terrapins improve to 7-0, while the Crimson moves to 5-3 overall.
Senior Bryce Aiken led the scoring with a game-high 30 points, giving him 30 or more in two of the last three games. Sophomore Noah Kirkwood added 12 points, while Chris Lewis totaled 11 with two blocks.
Harvard got out to an early 9-0 lead after a pair of 3-pointers from Robert Baker, and led for the entirety of the opening frame. A basket inside from Kirkwood gave Harvard a 23-12 lead, its biggest of the afternoon, while the team led at the half by four, 35-31.
Aiken had 15 points in each half, while Lewis scored eight of his 11 in the second frame. The Terrapins took their first lead of the game, 39-37, with 17:34 to go, but Harvard immediately responded with a triple from Kirkwood. Maryland fought back to take the lead for good with 6:41 to play to advance to the final.
- Aiken tallied his seventh-career 30-point game, and second in the last three outings.
- Harvard forced 16 Maryland turnovers, with Justin Bassey collecting a pair of steals.
- Chris Lewis and Noah Kirkwood were each in double figures, while Baker and Bassey tallied team highs of eight rebounds.
- Harvard falls in its first ever meeting with Maryland, which was the first AP top five team Harvard has faced since 2015 (vs. Oklahoma in Maui).
- Lewis moves within two blocks of tying the program record of 149, held by Keith Wright. He is also 11 points away from his 1,000th career point.
Harvard will face the loser of Marquette and USC in the third place game of the Orlando Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.