Men’s Basketball Rolls Over Yale, 64-49, Clinches Top-Two Seed in Ivy League Tournament

Lewis finished with his fourth double-double of the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Steered by a dominant defense, Harvard men's basketball rolled to a 64-49 victory over Yale on Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Sophomore Chris Lewis led all scorers with 18 points, while posting a double-double with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Classmate Christian Juzang tallied 13 points with a career-high eight assists, while sophomores Seth Towns and Justin Bassey were in double figures with 14 and 11 points apiece. Freshman Rio Haskett pestered the Bulldogs en route to a career-high four steals.

Harvard led by 20 at halftime, led by 14 from Lewis on 7-for-12 shooting. A close game at 14-10, the Crimson followed with a 17-0 run that lasted nearly nine minutes. The Crimson held the Bulldogs to just 22.2 percent from the floor in the half, while connecting for 53.6 percent on the offensive end.

The Crimson defense continues to assert its will in the second half, holding Yale under 50 points for the game. Yale trimmed the Harvard lead to single digits midway through the period, but Harvard responded with baskets in the paint from Bassey and Towns to push the advantage out of reach.

Harvard Highlights

  •  Lewis notched his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
  •  Juzang dished a career-high eight assists to go with 13 points.
  •  Bassey filled the stat sheet with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Towns tallied 14 points and seven rebounds of his own.

Game Notes

  • Harvard swept the regular season series with Yale, and moves to 80-118 all-time against the Bulldogs.
  • Yale is the second opponent Harvard has held under 50 points this season, joining Fordham (Dec. 6).
  • Harvard clinched a top-two seed in the Ivy League Tournament, and sits tied with first in the Ivy League at 9-1 with Penn. The Crimson and Quakers are each four games ahead of third-place Yale.

What's Next?
Harvard hits the road for the final time in the regular season, traveling to Princeton and Penn Feb. 23-24 for a pair of 7 p.m. tip-offs. The Princeton battle will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the meeting with Penn can be found on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.