ALBANY, N.Y. – Back on the road to open up December, Harvard men's basketball was tripped up by Siena, 67-64, on Saturday afternoon at the Times Union Center. Harvard moves to 4-4 with the result, while Siena moves to 3-5.
Junior Justin Bassey led the Crimson with 15 points, while also finishing with seven rebounds and three assists. Junior Christian Juzang was also in double figures with 10 points, while classmate Henry Welsh contributed six points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The Crimson and Saints battled in a low-scoring first half, with Siena holding the edge at the break, 27-22. Harvard opened up an early 7-2 lead after baskets from senior Corey Johnson, Bassey and Welsh, but Siena fought back to level the score at 13-13, before leaving for intermission with the five-point advantage.
The home team led by as many as 13 points midway through the second half, but Harvard fought back with 65 percent shooting as a team in the period. Juzang connected on back-to-back triples to start the rally, while Bassey and Djuricic each connected on multiple field goals to pull Harvard within three in the closing seconds. Juzang earned a steal on the final possession, but the Crimson's ensuing 3-pointer at the buzzer did not fall.
- Bassey stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
- Juzang added 10 points and three assists.
- The team combined to shoot 50 percent from the field, with Harvard hitting at least half of its shots for the sixth time this season.
- This was the first meeting between the two programs.
- Juzang, Johnson and Rio Haskett each made a pair of 3-pointers.
- Three of Harvard's four losses have come by four points or less.
Harvard caps its two-game road trip at Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.