Johnson paced the Crimson with 18 points, all coming from beyond-the-arc (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – The Harvard men's basketball team fended off a second-half comeback by Boston University at Case Gym Tuesday night, holding on for a 75-69 victory.
Corey Johnson paced the offense with a career-high 18 points, connecting on 6-of-11 attempts from 3-point range. Agunwa Okolie followed with a season-high 15 points, while Zena Edosomwan finished a point shy of a double-double with nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Patrick Steeves came off the bench and added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Harvard (3-6) shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from 3-point range and 47.4 percent from the floor. The Crimson defense stifled the Terriers (3-5), holding them to 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from 3, including an 0-for-7 mark in the first half.
Harvard returns to the floor against Brigham Young Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m. EST in its first game at the Diamond Head Classic. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.
Johnson came out on fire, netting three-straight 3-point shots to give Harvard an early 9-2 lead. The Crimson offense stayed hot as it went on a 6-0 run to hold a 15-4 advantage. Edosomwan keep the attack alive as he netted Harvard's next seven points, and Johnson hit his fourth 3-pointer of the opening half to give Harvard its largest lead of the game at 31-14.
BU went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 33-21 before Steeves sank a pair of free throws to send Harvard into halftime with a 35-21 lead.
Edosomwan nearly had a double-double at the break with nine points and nine rebounds. Johnson connected on 4-of-5 from deep for 12 points. Harvard's defense held the Terriers at bay, limiting them to 36.4 percent (8-of-22) shooting while forcing 11 turnovers.
BU scored the first six points to open the second half, but Okolie stopped the run to make it a 37-27 contest. Both teams battled basket for basket over the next 10 minutes before the Terriers answered with six-straight points cut the Crimson's lead to single-digits at 51-43.
The Terriers continued to whittle at Harvard's lead and made it a 68-65 game with just under a minute remaining, but Johnson buried his sixth 3-pointer of the night as Harvard held on for the 75-69 win.
Game Notes: Harvard has won seven-straight games against Boston University and is 22-7 against Boston area schools under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball … Corey Johnson scored a career-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from 3, the most 3-pointers made by a member of the Crimson since Laurent Rivard '14 hit six versus Columbia on March 1, 2014 … Corey Johnson scored Harvard's first nine points shooting 3-of-3 from distance … Corey Johnson has made at least one 3-pointer in all nine games to begin his career ... Corbin Miller has made at least one 3-pointer in 12-straight games dating back to last season … Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in all nine games this season … Agunwa Okolie set a season-high with 15 points … Tommy McCarthy has dished out at least five assists five times.