HANOVER, N.H. – Falling in its Ivy League opener for the first time in 12 seasons, Harvard men's basketball dropped its contest with Dartmouth, 81-63, on Saturday night at Leede Arena. Harvard falls to 6-7 overall, while Dartmouth improves to 10-7.
Junior Christian Juzang led the Crimson with a season-high 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, coming just a point shy of his career-best. Classmate Chris Lewis and first-year Noah Kirkwood were also in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively.
Harvard opened up an early four point lead, 15-11, as five different Crimson players knocked down shots. The Big Green responded with an 11-0 run, getting hot from the 3-point stripe to take the lead, and the home team carried the momentum into a 44-29 halftime advantage.
Juzang, Lewis and junior Justin Bassey combined for 30 of Harvard's 34 second half points, as Harvard trimmed the Dartmouth lead to nine with just under four minutes to play, 68-59, after a jumper from Bassey. Dartmouth responded with a triple on the other end, and held on for the victory.
- Juzang finished with a season-high 20 points, going 8-for-11 from the field.
- Lewis and Kirkwood were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
- Bassey filled the stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
- The loss was Harvard's first in its Ivy League opener over the past 12 seasons.
- Harvard moves to 90-97 all-time against the Big Green.
The Crimson concludes its non-conference slate with a trip to Howard on Monday, Jan. 21. The game will tip-off at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.