Men’s Basketball Drops Tight Battle with Vermont, 71-65

Photo Courtesy: Brian Jenkins/UVM Athletics
Photo Courtesy: Brian Jenkins/UVM Athletics
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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Competing for the final time before fall exams, Harvard men's basketball fell in a tightly-contested bout with Vermont, 71-65, on Saturday evening at Patrick Gymnasium. Harvard moves to 4-5 on the season with the result, while Vermont improves to 7-3.

Senior Corey Johnson led the offense with a season-high 17 points, while first-year Spencer Freedman pitched in a career-high 11. Sophomore Danilo Djuricic and junior Justin Bassey posted 10 points each, with Bassey grabbing a team-leading eight rebounds.

The Catamounts led by nine early, 20-11, but Harvard closed the first half on a 25-9 run to lead at the break, 36-27. Johnson and Freedman combined for five triples to give the Crimson a 28-27 lead, and Johnson added two more of his five first-half threes to push the advantage to nine at halftime.

Following back-and-forth action in the second half, Vermont managed to tie the game at 54-54 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Bassey scored eight of his 10 points in the second frame, including a game-tying basket with 2:08 on the clock, 61-61. Vermont took the lead on the other end, and hit five free throws down the stretch to earn the result.

Harvard Highlights

  • Johnson scored a team-high 17 points, including his 10th-career game with at least five made 3-pointers.
  • Freedman totaled a career-high 11 points, including three hits from long range.
  • Harvard had four players in double figures, and won the battle on the glass, 38-24.

Game Notes

  •  Harvard moves to 18-15 all-time against Vermont.
  •  The Crimson shot 49 percent as a team in the game, with 10 made triples.

What's Next?
The Crimson is off for two weeks before resuming its campaign Dec. 22 at home against George Washington. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.