CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning home following a four-game road trip, Harvard men's basketball earned a 73-62 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Both teams move to 4-3 on the season following the result.
First-year Noah Kirkwood netted a career-high 20 points to lead the way, while junior Robert Baker ended a point shy of his career-best with 13. Baker also contributed game-highs of eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Active defensively, the Crimson tallied 23 points off of Holy Cross turnovers.
Following back-and-forth action to begin the game, Harvard took its first lead with 10:20 remaining in the opening period. Over a stretch of 5:13, the Crimson went on a 13-4 run to take a 12-point lead, 37-25, with Baker scoring three field goals and junior Justin Bassey getting two. Kirkwood put an exclamation point on the opening period with one of his four triples in the game.
Harvard led by as many as 19 points in the game, 64-45, with first-year Spencer Freedman setting up Baker for a pair of explosive alley-oops to build the advantage. The Crimson withstood a late Holy Cross run, and walked away with an 11-point triumph.
- Kirkwood led the way with a career-high 20 points. Harvard first-year players were quick to contribute, scoring 16 of the team's first 24 points in the game.
- Baker filled the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, a career-high three steals and two blocks.
- Harvard got 42 points off the bench, which is the most this season for the Crimson.
- Harvard improves to 27-44 all-time against the Crusaders.
- The Crimson has held three-straight opponents under 70 points.
- Harvard shot 50 percent or better as a team for the fifth time in seven games this season.
The Crimson travels to Albany, New York for a 3 p.m. battle with Siena Dec. 1. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 or ESPN+.