Men's Basketball Outlasts McGill in Exhibition, 66-63

Edosomwan scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Zena Edosomwan went off for 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Harvard men's basketball team defeated McGill in an exhibition Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion, 66-63.

Edosomwan scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half and finished the game shooting 9-of-16 from the floor. Corey Johnson was also in double figures for Harvard with 15 points and three assists, while Tommy McCarthy chipped in nine points and five assists. Evan Cummins contributed eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Harvard shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field but was just 28.6 percent (4-14) from 3 and 57.1 percent (12-21) from the line. The Crimson defense, however, stifled the McGill offense, holding the Redmen to 37.7 percent (26-69) while registering eight total blocks. Vincent Dufort paced McGill with 12 points and nine rebounds to go with 10-point efforts from Isaiah Cummins and Noah Daoust.

Harvard will officially open its 2015-16 season next Friday, Nov. 13 at home versus McGill. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Edosomwan got to work early, giving Harvard the initial lead with a powerful two-handed slam. McGill took its first lead on a pair of DuFort 3-pointers, 17-15, but the Crimson quickly got the advantage back with seven straight points from Edosomwan, 26-22, part of a stretch in which the junior scored 11 consecutive points for Harvard.

The Crimson took a 39-32 margin into the locker room at halftime shooting 55.6 percent (15-27) from the floor. Edosomwan led the way with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while McCarthy added four points and three assists.

McGill pulled within 42-39 out of the break before back-to-back 3's from McCarthy and Johnson put the score at 48-39. Harvard took its largest lead off an Edosomwan layup, 52-41, but a 9-0 run pulled the Redmen within two, 52-50.

After going more than three minutes without a field goal, Johnson pulled the Crimson out of its drought, burying his third 3-pointer of the half for a 62-56 edge. McGill hung in and cut its deficit to one on a DuFort layup, 64-63, but a pair of free throws from McCarthy gave Harvad the final 66-63 margin.

Game Notes: Zena Edosomwan scored 11 straight points for Harvard at one point in the first half and finished with a game-high 21 … Harvard's starting five; Tommy McCarthy, Corey Johnson, Agunwa Okolie, Evan Cummins and Zena Edosomwan.