CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team rolled to a 85-63 home victory over Cornell on Friday night in Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson was stout defensively to help it improve to 15-7 on the season and 4-3 in the Ivy League. The Big Red, meanwhile, fell to 5-15 and 2-5 in the Ivy.
Chris Ledlum (15 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for the Crimson in a game where 16 Harvard players saw the hardwood. Also scoring in double figures were Chris Lewis, who was 5-for-5 from the field (3-3 FT) en route to 13 points, Noah Kirkwood (13 points) and Danilo Djuricic (13 points).
Harvard opened the game by scoring the game's first 12 points and ultimately held the Big Red scoreless until there was 13:52 on the clock when Jimmy Boeheim made one of two free throws. The Crimson defense, meanwhile, did not allow a field goal for the first six minutes, 40 seconds, a streak that was snapped on a Boeheim tip-in.
Harvard continued to stifle the Cornell offense and kept it in the single digits until there was 7:52 left in the first half. Boeheim, once again, was the perpetrator, making two free throws to make it a 24-11 Crimson lead. Harvard eventually went into the locker room at halftime ahead, 42-15, after holding Cornell to 15.4-percent shooting, including 1-for-12 from behind the three-point arc.
In the second half, Cornell came out aggressively and outscored the Crimson, 9-5, forcing Harvard to call a timeout with a 47-24 lead. After regrouping, Harvard pushed its lead to 31 points with 9:53 left in the second half and never looked back.
For the game, the Crimson limited the Big Red to 40 shooting, while connecting on 52.5-percent of its own attempts.
• Harvard moves to 15-7 on the season, its best record through 22 games since the 2016-17 campaign.
• The Crimson keeps its perfect home record intact, improving to 7-0 in 2019-20, and extending its home winning streak to nine games, a streak that dates to last season.
• Harvard stops a two-game losing skid to Cornell and has not lost three straight to the Big Red since the first two seasons of the Tommy Amaker era (2007-08, 2008-09).
• Chris Lewis recorded his 15th double-figure scoring game of the season with his 13 first-half points. He finished with 13 points for the game on 5-of-5 shooting (3-3 FT) after totaling nine points in two games last week.
• Chris Ledlum posted his ninth double-digit scoring game of the season with his 10-point effort in the first half. The first-year finished with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds to log his second double-double of the season and first against Division I opposition.
• Noah Kirkwood reached double figures in scoring for a season-best sixth straight outing and for the 15th time in 2019-20.
• Danilo Djuricic logged a double-figure scoring effort for the second time in three games.
• Seven Harvard players scored at least seven points and 11 reached the scoring column.
Harvard returns to action on Saturday when it plays host to Columbia. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with the contest airing on ESPN+.