Cummins set career-highs with 15 points and four blocks (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team closed the calendar year with a 77-57 win over Wofford at Lavietes Pavilion Thursday afternoon.
Playing on its home floor for the first time in over a month, Harvard (6-7) shot a season-high 63.8 percent (30-47) and dished out 22 assists for the team's fourth win in five games. The Crimson defense, meanwhile, stifled Wofford (3-9) all afternoon, holding the Terriers to 40.4 percent (23-57) shooting including a 2-of-15 clip from beyond-the-arc.
Zena Edosomwan finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five assists. Evan Cummins set personal-bests with 15 points and four blocks to go with four assists, with Patrick Steeves contributing 12 points and three assists off the bench. Tommy McCarthy added 10 points, marking the fifth time this season that at least four student-athletes scored in double-figures.
Wofford went in front early, 9-5, but Harvard responded with a 10-0 stretch and took a 15-9 advantage as Evan Cummins picked off a Derrick Brooks pass and took it the other way. Cummins intercepted Brooks a second time and finished with two hands to put the score at 17-13, and following Patrick Steeves' 3-pointer the margin was 22-15.
Edosomwan scored six straight points to maintain a 28-23 edge, and bookended a free throw from Agunwa Okolie to make it a 31-25 game at the half. The junior finished the first 20 minutes with nine points, eight rebounds and two assists as the Crimson shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field in the first half.
Edosomwan continued to assert himself in the second half, throwing down a two-handed slam before using a quick spin to get to the bucket for a 41-32 lead. Harvard got hot from distance from there, draining four 3-pointers to push the margin out to 60-45. Tommy McCarthy hit two from beyond-the-arc during the stretch, with Patrick Steeves and Corbin Miller each adding one.
Corey Johnson kept the Crimson hot with his first make from distance for a 68-48 edge. Layups by Steeves and Okolie matched baskets by Wofford, and Miller put an exclamation point on the afternoon with one final 3 to give the Crimson the final margin of 77-57.
Game Notes: Harvard shot 63.8 percent (23-57) from the field, its highest field goal percentage since shooting 65.9 percent (29-44) at Dartmouth on Jan. 26, 2014 … Harvard has held five opponents to fewer than 60 points this season … Zena Edosomwan led Harvard in scoring for the sixth time this season and in rebounding for the ninth time … Evan Cummins scored a career-high 15 points to match Zena Edosomwan as the game's high scorer … Harvard had four student-athletes reach double-digits for the fifth time this season … Harvard has made at least one 3-pointer in all 13 games this season … Corbin Miller has made at least one 3-pointer in 16-straight games dating back to last season … Corey Johnson has made at least one 3-pointer in all 13 games to begin his career.