Second-Half Surge Propels Dartmouth Past Men's Basketball, 63-50

Edosomwan finished with 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's basketball team was upended at Dartmouth Saturday night, falling to the Big Green 63-50 despite holding an 11-point lead in the second half.

Harvard (9-9, 1-1 Ivy League) opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take a 38-27 advantage, but was outscored 36-12 the rest of the way. Dartmouth (7-9, 1-1 Ivy League) finished the evening with a 42-28 advantage on the glass, and converted 20-of-26 free throws, including 14-of-18 in the second half.

Evan Boudreaux led the charge for the Big Green with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Malik Gill and Taylor Johnson added 11 points and 10 points, respectively, with all 21 points coming after the break.

Zena Edosomwan finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for Harvard. Agunwa Okolie contributed 13 points and eight boards, and Corbin Miller chipped in 10 points. The Crimson struggled to find its touch all night, shooting just 4-of-13 from 3 and 6-of-20 at the line.

Harvard returns home next weekend for its first of six-straight back-to-backs as the 14-Game Tournament continues. The Crimson will first host Cornell on Friday, Jan. 29 before welcoming Columbia to Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 30. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The defenses dug in early as Dartmouth took a 4-2 lead into the first timeout. Mike Fleming connected out of the stoppage to extend the Big Green's margin to 6-2, but Edosomwan answered with a pair of buckets to even the score at 6-6. A long two from Miller gave Harvard its first lead, 10-8, and the junior came away with a steal on Dartmouth's ensuing possession and cashed in at the other end, hitting his first 3-pointer for a 13-8 edge.

The Big Green remained close as the teams traded baskets over the next seven-plus minutes. Boudreaux eventually retied the game at 22-all with a 3, and after he cleaned up Miles Wright's miss Dartmouth held a 25-22 advantage with 1:48 on the clock.

Edosomwan responded for Harvard, hitting a mid-range jumper before finding Okolie with a no-look pass to pull the Crimson within 27-26 at the break. Edosomwan led all scorers with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting through the first 20 minutes, but the Big Green's 24-12 margin on the glass helped the hosts overcome a 10-of-29 performance from the field.

Okolie put Harvard back in front with an and-1 out of the break, and after he made a highlight reel spin move to get to the cup the score stood at 32-27. Corey Johnson and Miller added back-to-back 3-pointers to move the score to 38-27, capping off a 12-0 run to begin the frame.

The Crimson was unable to maintain its momentum, however, as Dartmouth responded with 14-2 stretch of its own and retook the lead on Johnson's first 3, 41-40. Johnson's second triple moved the score to 48-44, and the sophomore added a pair at the line the next trip down the court for a 50-44 advantage with 4:11 to play.

Connor Boehm's 3 extended the margin to 54-44, and despite a late charge by the Crimson, Dartmouth was able to hold on for the win, 63-50.

Game Notes: Harvard opened the second half with a 12-0 run for a 38-27 lead, but was outscored 36-12 the rest of the way … Harvard has held 10 opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting … Dartmouth's 42-28 rebounding advantage was the largest by a Harvard opponent this season … Zena Edosomwan led Harvard in scoring for the seventh time with a game-high 18 points … Agunwa Okolie led Harvard in rebounding for just the second time with eight boards … Harvard made a season-low four 3-pointers, breaking a streak of 20-straight games with at least five 3's.