Men’s Basketball Earns Victory over MIT in Season Opener, 73-64

Towns had a game-high 20 points (Paul Rutherford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the court for the first time this season, Harvard men's basketball tallied a victory over crosstown rival MIT, 73-64, on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Sophomore Seth Towns led the offense with 20 points, while also pitching in seven rebounds and three assists. Classmate Chris Lewis registered his first-career double-double, scoring 13 points with a career-best 10 rebounds. Sophomore Bryce Aiken was in double figures with 12 points, while classmate Justin Bassey tallied seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Harvard opened the first half with a powerful one-handed jam from Lewis, and opened up an early seven-point lead, 16-9, led by six points from Aiken. The Crimson stretched its lead to nine points, near the end of the break, and Harvard went into the intermission with a 39-32 advantage, led by 10 first half points from Towns.

A mini-run by the Engineers in the second half cut the Crimson lead to two, but Harvard immediately responded with baskets from Lewis and freshman Rio Haskett to push the advantage back to six. The Crimson led for the final 38:53 in the contest, and held strong over the final minutes to secure the victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Towns kicked off the season with 20 points, and led the team in scoring for the eighth time in his career.
  • Lewis tallied his first-career double-double, and a career-high 10 rebounds.
  • The Crimson got to the free throw line for 36 attempts, and made 26.
  • Harvard won the battle on the glass, 39-34, including 11 offensive rebounds.
  • Bassey led the team with three steals, while Lewis rejected three shots.

Game Notes

  • Harvard beat MIT for the 15th-straight time, and improves to 55-9 all time.
  • The Crimson opened the season against MIT for the seventh-straight season.
  • The Crimson holds a 106-27 record at Lavietes Pavilion under Tommy Amaker.
  • Of the four Ivy teams that opened their seasons Friday, Harvard was the only one to pick up a win.

What's Next?
Harvard welcomes Massachusetts for its second-straight game at Lavietes Pavilion. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on NESN and the Ivy League Network.