Bassey registered a solid showing for the Crimson with 10 points and six boards (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team edged out Penn, 69-59 after a 15-point comeback on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,195 fans.
Senior co-captain Siyani Chambers led the Crimson (12-6, 4-1 Ivy League) with 13 points and six assists, getting support from freshman Bryce Aiken and sophomore Corey Johnson with 12 points apiece. Rookies Seth Towns and Justin Bassey each notched double-digit points, adding 11 and 10, respectively.
Senior Zena Edosomwan pulled down a game-high 11 boards, adding seven points and five blocks. Harvard's 15-point comeback win is tied for the third-largest deficit overcome under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. It marks the second double-digit comeback this year, the most since 2011-12, when Harvard had four.
The Quakers (7-10, 0-4) were led by Matt Howard with 14 points and seven boards. Darnell Foreman added 11 points and six rebounds.
The Quakers fired off 11-straight points in the first three minutes of the contest, shooting 6-for-6, while the Crimson was 2-of-5. The Quakers held its largest lead of the contest within the first five minutes, at 19-4, before Harvard responded with a 8-0 spurt and a 14-6 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Towns in the corner.
Within six, 28-22, the Crimson continued to crawl back, scoring 14 of the next 20 points to pull even, 34-34. Foreman hit a three-pointer as time ran out in the half, giving the Quakers a three-point lead, 37-34.
The two Ivy foes came out from the break firing shots back-and-forth. Neither team could gain more than a four-point advantage, but a 9-4 spurt by the Quakers put the Crimson at a three-point disadvantage, 51-48, with just under eight minutes to play. A three-pointer from Johnson at the 6:49 mark tied up the contest at 53 apiece. A steal by Chris Lewis led to a Aiken fast break, before Chambers converted an old-fashioned three-point play to all but seal the win.
GAME NOTES: Harvard's 15-point comeback win is tied for the third-largest deficit overcome under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball ... It marks the second double-digit comeback this year, the most since 2011-12, when Harvard had four … Towns scored in the double-digits for the 11th time this season … For the 10th time this year and 24th time overall, Corey Johnson tallied 10-plus with 12 points … Siyani Chambers added four steals in tonight's contest, tied for a career high.