Men's Basketball Falls Late at Providence, 76-64

Edosomwan grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 13 points at Providence  (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's basketball team dropped its first contest of the season Saturday night, falling to Providence 76-64 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Zena Edosomwan registered his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. Corey Johnson led the team with 17 points shooting 5-of-10 from 3-point range, and Agunwa Okolie reached double-figures for the second straight night with 10 points. Tommy McCarthy, meanwhile, contributed nine points and seven assists.

Harvard (1-1) shot 45.3 percent (24-53) on the night and was 9-of-20 from beyond-the-arc, but committed 22 turnovers leading to 27 Providence (1-0) points. Kris Dunn led all scorers with 32 points while also turning in six rebounds, five assists and eight steals.

The Crimson will have another quick turnaround as it hosts UMass on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The combination of McCarthy and Johnson carried the load early as the freshmen combined to score each of Harvard's first 12 points, taking a 12-9 edge off a Johnson 3. A triple by McCarthy regained the lead for the Crimson, 18-16, before Providence scored 11 straight points for a 27-18 advantage.

Harvard stayed hot from beyond-the-arc with Corbin Miller and Johnson connecting from long-range to make it a 29-26 game. The Friars extended their margin back out to 34-26, but Johnson's fourth 3 sent Harvard into the locker room trailing by just five, 34-29.

Johnson led all scorers at the break with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3. McCarthy added nine points and four assists to go with three points and eight rebounds from Edosomwan.

The pace of play picked up in the second half as baskets by Evan Cummins, Edosomwan and Okolie evened the score at 37. A pair of Edosomwan dunks tied the score again at 41, but the Crimson went more than four minutes without a basket to fall behind 52-41.

An Okolie jumper and Miller 3-pointer pulled Harvard out of its drought, 56-46, and following a long jumper from Johnson the deficit stood at 64-55. The margin remained the same after an Edosomwan bucket with 2:38 to play, 72-61, but the Crimson was unable to make a late run as Providence held on for the 76-64 win.

Game Notes: Corey Johnson's five 3-pointers were the most by a member of the Crimson since Laurent Rivard '14 hit six versus Columbia on March 1, 2014 … Harvard's nine 3-pointers were the most since making 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014 … Zena Edosomwan registered his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds … Zena Edosomwan's 16 rebounds were the second-most ever by a member of the Crimson under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball (Steve Moundou-Missi '15, 17 rebs. at Vermont on Dec. 6, 2014) … Harvard's leading scorer in both games to start the season has been a freshman (Tommy McCarthy 12 points vs. MIT, Corey Johnson 17 points at Providence).