Edosomwan was one of three Crimson to score in double-figures (Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Zena Edosomwan turned in a 20-point, 9-rebound effort but it was not enough as the Harvard men's basketball team fell at Boston College Sunday afternoon, 69-56.
Edosomwan finished one rebound short of his third straight double-double after scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in the second half. Corey Johnson contributed 12 points, five assists and four rebounds while shooting 3-of-4 from 3, and Tommy McCarthy chipped in 13 points.
Harvard (1-3) shot 43.5 percent (20-46) from the field and was 7-of-13 from beyond-the-arc, but a 9-of-23 performance at the line proved to be the difference as Boston College (3-0) made 23-of-29 freebies. Matt Milon was the Eagles' leading scorer with 16 points off the bench, including 4-of-6 from 3, to go with 15 points and five assists from Eli Carter.
Harvard started the game shooting 0-of-5 from the field as Boston College built an 8-0 lead. Johnson ended the drought with a pair of makes from distance, and a dunk by Edosomwan tied the game at 8-8. A 3-pointer by McCarthy gave the Crimson its first lead, 13-12, but the teams combined for just one field goal over the next five-plus minutes as the Eagles took a 16-14 edge into the under-4 minute timeout.
Edosomwan regained the lead for Harvard with a strong move in the paint before spinning around his defender on the baseline to send the Crimson into halftime with a 20-16 margin. Edosomwan and Johnson led all scorers with six points at the break. Harvard shot just 8-of-22 from the field through the first 20 minutes, but held Boston College to 6-of-25 shooting while forcing eight turnovers.
Boston College opened the second half with an 8-4 run to go in front, 28-24. Edosomwan once again provided the answer with five straight points, 29-28, but the Eagles countered with a 12-2 stretch to open a 40-31 advantage.
Harvard trailed 47-37 before an Edosomwan basket and 3-pointer by McCarthy cut the deficit to 47-42. BC came right back with seven straight points to take its largest lead to that point, 54-42, and with 2:32 to play held a 10-point spread, 61-51.
Johnson's third 3 of the afternoon made it a 61-54 game, but the Crimson would get no closer as BC outscored Harvard 8-2 in the closing moments to hang on for the 69-56 victory.
Game Notes: Zena Edosomwan scored a career-high 20 points, marking the first 20-point game of his career … Zena Edosomwan grabbed nine rebounds, finishing one rebound shy of a third-straight double-double … Corey Johnson shot 3-of-4 from 3-point range, marking the third game in which he has made at least three 3-pointers … Harvard has held all four of its opponents to below 40.0 percent shooting to begin the year.