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Bassey, Djuricic Notch Career Highs, But Rhode Island Edges Men’s Basketball, 76-74

Photo courtesy Thom Kendall
Photo courtesy Thom Kendall
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KINGSTON, R.I. – Junior Justin Bassey and sophomore Danilo Djuricic had career days in the points column, but a late 3-pointer pushed Rhode Island past Harvard men's basketball, 76-74, on Friday night at the Ryan Center. The Crimson falls to 2-2 on the season, while Rhode Island improves to 2-1.

Bassey led the Crimson with 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while Djuricic poured in 20 on a 7-for-10 mark from the field. Both players connected on a trio of 3-pointers. Junior Chris Lewis was also in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

Bassey knocked down a pair of early triples to give Harvard an early lead, but Rhode Island fought back to even the score by the first media timeout. Djuricic helped the Crimson regain the lead, 26-24, after a three of his own, but the Rams went into the intermission with a five-point lead, 41-36.

Harvard led for a majority of the second half, with Harvard shooting 58 percent from the floor in the period. The Crimson hit eight free throws down the stretch, including a 6-for-6 tally from Bassey, and led by one before a Rhode Island 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds to go gave them the lead. The Crimson's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked, giving URI the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • Bassey and Djuricic each recorded career-highs, going for 23 and 20 points, respectively.
  • Harvard assisted on 18 of its 27 field goals, with Djuricic leading the way with a career-best five helpers.

Game Notes

  • Harvard had two 20-point scorers for the first time since March 2 of last season, when Chris Lewis, Seth Towns and Christian Juzang all reached the mark against Cornell.
  • The Crimson falls to 3-6 all-time against the Rams, and is 1-1 against Atlantic 10 teams this season.
  • There were 21 lead changes and nine ties in the back-and-forth battle.

What's Next?
Harvard continues its four-game stretch away from home at San Francisco and Saint Mary's Nov. 21 and 24 at 10 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Both games will be broadcast on TheW.tv.

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