Men’s Basketball Blows by McGill, 70-45

Sophomore Corey Johnson knocked down three triples en route to a game-high 15 points against the Redmen (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A balanced attack led Harvard men's basketball (8-5) past McGill, 70-45, Tuesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson was paced by sophomore Corey Johnson with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Johnson also dished out a team-high five assists. Freshman Chris Lewis and senior Siyani Chambers each contributed nine points, while freshman Justin Bassey led Harvard on the boards with seven, adding six points.

McGill (12-8) was led by Jenning Leung with 12 points. The Crimson held the Redmen to just 14-of-51 (27.5 percent) shooting.

An emphatic dunk by Chris Egi started the game and the Crimson scored eight of the first 12 points over the first five minutes. At the 9:34 mark, Harvard took a five-point lead, 14-9, after a lay-in from Henry Welsh and two free throws from Seth Towns. McGill responded with a 7-0 run to hold its first advantage, 16-14, two minutes later.

The two teams would stay within one possession of each other for the remainder of the half, as the Crimson headed to the locker room ahead, 25-22. Over the first 20 minutes, the Crimson defense held the Redmen to 7-of-28 shooting (25.0 percent), while Harvard went 8-of-23 (0-for-6 from three) from the floor. McGill outrebounded Harvard, 21-17, including 8-4 on the offensive glass.

The Crimson started hot after the break, hitting four of its first six shots to outscore the Redmen 13-3 over the first five minutes, taking a 38-25 lead. A three by McGill's Avery Cadogan narrowed the advantage to eight a minute later, but an and-one by Zena Edosomwan started a 9-0 Crimson spurt. During the rally, defense turned to easy offense and Harvard recorded two buckets on the break.

McGill scored the next seven points, but Harvard immediately answered with a 10-1 rally to push ahead 19, 59-40, at the under eight media timeout. The score would get no closer than 16 (59-43), as Harvard cruised to victory.  

To watch the complete game, visit the Ivy League Digital Network.

Harvard heads to Smithfield, Rhode Island to take on Bryant for its final nonconference tilt Monday, Jan. 16.

Game Notes: Corey Johnson posted his sixth double-figure game this year and 20th of his career. He also matched his career high with five assists. The Crimson had balanced scoring with 10 players scoring and seven scoring six-plus points. Harvard is 7-0 when leading at halftime. Justin Bassey paced the team in rebounding for the second-straight game. Johnson paced the team in scoring for the second time this year.

Justin Bassey recorded double-figures for the third time this year and second-straight. Chris Lewis scored double-figures for the fifth time this year and fourth over the last five games. Siyani Chambers contributed double-digits for the second-straight game and 63rd time in his career (fifth time this year).