FULLERTON, Calif. – Opening the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, California, Harvard men's basketball fell to No. 21 Saint Mary's, 89-71, on Thursday afternoon at Titan Gym.
Sophomores Bryce Aiken, Chris Lewis and Seth Towns all finished in double figures, with Aiken tallying a team-high 22 points, including 20 in the second half. Lewis finished 8-for-12 from the floor for 18 points, while Towns pitched in 13.
The Crimson (2-3) fell behind in the opening period, 46-20, but responded with a 51-point effort in the second half to get back in the game. Saint Mary's' (5-0) biggest lead was 28, and the Crimson battled back to cut the advantage to nine with six minutes to go in the game. Harvard opened up the second frame with a 12-0 run, and followed with a 12-2 run later in the period to close the gap.
Harvard shot 63 percent from the field in the second half, but late free throws from the Gaels sealed the result over the final minutes.
- Harvard's 51 points in the second half were just three shy of the tournament record for points in a half.
- Aiken's 22 points led the Crimson, while Lewis' 18 is his most this season.
- Harvard was strong inside, scoring 34 points in the paint.
- Harvard trails the all-time series with Saint Mary's, 0-2.
- Aiken became the Wooden Legacy's 13th player to score 20 points in a half.
Harvard continues action at the Wooden Legacy Friday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 ET against Saint Joseph's. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.