Men’s Basketball Edged in Closing Seconds by Wofford, 63-62

Towns had a game-high 20 points (photo by Eric Miller).

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Locked in a defensive battle in its final non-conference action of the season, Harvard men's basketball fell in the closing seconds to Wofford, 63-62, on Wednesday night at Richardson Indoor Arena.

Sophomore Seth Towns led the Crimson with 20 points to go with four rebounds and four assists, while classmate Chris Lewis added 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Harvard won the battle on the glass, and finished the game with 11 offensive rebounds.

Towns was key for Harvard in the opening period, scoring 16 points as the teams left for the intermission level at 28-28. Harvard got out to an early five-point lead, but a series of Wofford triples put the home team in front. Towns and Lewis each quieted the Wofford crowd with a pair of powerful dunks, and Harvard ended the frame on a 7-0 run to go into halftime with an even score.

Wofford got out to an early lead in the second frame, and led by as many as eight in the period. Harvard closed the gap to one possession with just under four minutes to play, and the Crimson tied the score, 62-62, after a triple from sophomore Justin Bassey and a layup by Towns with 55 seconds left. Wofford regained the lead with seven seconds to play after going 1-for-2 from the foul line, and Towns' last second shot rimmed out at the horn.

Harvard Highlights

  • Towns reached 20 points for the fourth time this season, while contributing a season-high four assists.
  • Lewis shot 70 percent on 7-for-10 shooting, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He also tied a career-high with three assists.

Game Notes

  • The all-time series is tied 1-1, as Harvard topped Wofford in the first meeting Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Harvard has held seven straight opponents to 65 points or fewer, and lowered its Ivy-leading scoring defense to 66.9 points.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to Ivy play against Dartmouth in Hanover on Saturday, Jan. 20. The game is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network.