Balanced Effort Lifts Men’s Basketball Over Cornell, 76-73

Four players ended in double figures for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – Closing a six-game stretch on the road that included five Ivy League battles, Harvard men's basketball earned a 76-73 victory on Saturday night over Cornell.

Four Harvard (10-11, 5-1 Ivy) players ended in double figures, led by sophomore Chris Lewis with 17 points. Lewis also tallied six rebounds and three blocks. Classmate Seth Towns filled the stat sheet with 15 points and team-highs of seven rebounds and six assists, the latter of which is a career-high, while sophomore Christian Juzang and freshman Danilo Djuricic totaled 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Crimson topped the Big Red (8-11, 2-4 Ivy) by two points in the opening period, 40-38. Lewis scored the first seven Harvard points, while Towns, Juzang and Djuricic poured in eight apiece in the opening frame.

Cornell regained the lead in the second half, and led by as many as six before Harvard regained the advantage, 67-66, with just over three minutes left to play after a triple from Djuricic. Cornell managed to tie the game with a free throw on the other end, but Towns responded with an important 3-pointer of his own to give Harvard the lead for good. Harvard went 10-for-10 from the stripe in the second half to secure the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • Four Harvard players ended in double figures, led by 17 points from Lewis.
  • Towns tallied team-highs of seven rebounds and a career-best six assists to go with 15 points of his own.
  • Juzang tied a career-high with 12 points, while Djuricic was in double figures for the second-consecutive game with 11.

Game Notes

  • Harvard improves to 81-92 in the all-time series with Cornell, with the win being its fourth-straight in the series.
  • The Crimson improves to 4-1 in Ivy play on the road, while the rest of the Ivy League is a combined 1-17 in road contests.

What's Next?
Harvard returns home to Cambridge for a weekend set with Princeton and Penn Feb. 9-10 at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The Princeton clash will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the Penn bout can be found on NESN and the Ivy League Network.