Towns and Lewis finished in double figures (photo by Eric Miller).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kicking off the new year on its home floor, Harvard men's basketball was topped by Vermont, 62-56, on Tuesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.
Sophomore Chris Lewis controlled the paint with a team-high 14 points to go with four blocks, which matched a career-best. Classmate Seth Towns chipped in 13 points with five rebounds and three assists.
Harvard (5-9) got out to an early five-point lead, 10-5, after a pair of triples from junior Corey Johnson and two buckets inside from Lewis. Vermont (9-5) rallied to take the lead, but the Crimson regained control after a three from sophomore Christian Juzang and a basket from Lewis, and led at the break by one, 31-30.
The defensive battle continued in the second frame, trading baskets up until the final minute. Trailing by one with 48 seconds to go, a late and-one and a pair of free throws sealed the result for the Catamounts.
- Lewis dominated the interior, and swatted four blocks to go with his team-leading 14 points.
- Five Harvard players tallied at least seven points.
- Harvard retains control of the series lead, 18-14
- The Crimson lowered its Ivy-leading scoring defense to 68.3
Harvard hosts Dartmouth in its Ivy League opener on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.