CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Earning its season-opening Ivy League victory while avenging its earlier defeat, Harvard men's basketball won a defensive battle with Dartmouth, 64-59, on Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard improves to 8-7 on the season, while Dartmouth falls to 10-8. Both hold 1-1 marks in Ancient Eight action.
Junior Christian Juzang led the Crimson with 19 points and five assists, while classmates Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken were also in double figures with 16 and 14, respectively. Junior Justin Bassey tallied 12 rebounds, while the team held the Big Green to just 38.6 percent from the field.
Harvard scored the first two baskets of the game, including an alley-oop from Juzang to junior Robert Baker to bring some early energy to the game. Both teams were strong on the defensive side of the ball in the period, combining for just 51 points as the Big Green left for intermission with a one point lead, 26-25.
Dartmouth managed to build an early four-point lead in the second half, 43-39, but Harvard immediately responded with baskets from Lewis and Juzang to knot the score. First-year Noah Kirkwood sparked the team with five free throws in quick succession, and hit a three moments later to give Harvard a 58-54 lead. Aiken was composed at the line for four free throws to close out the victory.
- Juzang, who scored 20 against Dartmouth Jan. 12, led the Crimson with a game-high 19 points to go with five assists.
- Harvard outrebounded the Big Green, 40-33, including 12 from Bassey and eight from Lewis.
- Lewis finished 8-for-10 in the game, raising his field goal percentage to 64.5 on the season, which leads the Ivy League.
- Harvard split the season series with Dartmouth, and improves to 91-97 all-time in the series history.
- The Crimson moves to 4-1 at home this season.
- The 59 points allowed was a season-best for the Crimson.
The Crimson continues its stretch at Lavietes Pavilion with a visit from Yale and Brown Feb. 1-2. The bout with Yale will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the Brown contest will be broadcast on ESPN+. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. tip-offs.