BRONX, N.Y. – Finishing its two-game road weekend in the Big Apple, Harvard men's basketball's late comeback was thwarted by Manhattan, 73-69, on Saturday afternoon in Draddy Gymnasium.
Sophomore Seth Towns led the Crimson with 17 points and five rebounds, while classmates Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken pitched in 12 apiece. Freshman Danilo Djuricic was in double figures for the second-consecutive game, adding 10 points.
Djuricic led the Crimson with 10 points at the break, but Harvard trailed 40-25 after 20 minutes. A tight game through the first 14 minutes, the Jaspers went on a 17-5 run to close the frame.
Harvard came alive in the second half, and immediately went on a 12-0 run to cut the Jaspers' lead to five points. Just minutes later, the Crimson started another run, posting a 16-3 mark over 4:51 of game time, and took the lead by six, 59-53. The Jaspers fought back to take the lead, and Harvard's shot to tie in the final seconds rimmed out.
- Towns led the Crimson in scoring for the third time this season, posting 17 points. He also had a team-high five rebounds, along with Henry Welsh, and was one of two players to knock down three 3-pointers, along with Corey Johnson.
- Harvard outscored the Jaspers by a 44-33 margin in the second half.
- Five players had at least two assists, led by Bryce Aiken with four.
- A balanced effort, six players had nine points or more.
- The all-time series with Manhattan is tied, 5-5.
- Sophomore Christian Juzang and freshmen Reed Farley, Rio Haskett and Daniolo Djuricic drew their first-career starts, while sophomore Henry Welsh made his first start of the season.
Harvard heads to Fullerton, California for the annual Wooden Legacy Tournament Nov. 23-26. The Crimson opens the event against Saint Mary's at 4 p.m. Nov. 23 on ESPNEWS.