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Men’s Basketball Leans on Defense, Overpowers Yale, 65-49

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Holding Yale under 50 points for the second-consecutive meeting, Harvard men's basketball earned a 65-49 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard moves to 9-7 (2-1 Ivy League) with the win, while Yale falls to 12-4 (2-1 Ivy).

Eight different players scored for the Crimson, which held Yale to 30.5 percent shooting from the floor, and 17.4 percent from 3-point range. The 49 points for Yale was a season-low for the Bulldogs, and Harvard has allowed under 60 points in back-to-back games.

Juniors Justin Bassey and Robert Baker led the team with 13 points each, with Baker connecting on a career-high four 3-pointers, while sophomore Danilo Djuricic pitched in 12. All three players finished with seven rebounds, as Harvard won the battle of the boards, 41-29.

Harvard jumped out to an early double-digit lead, 20-9, as Baker knocked down two of his four 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. Djuricic sparked the Crimson late in the period, hitting a triple and finishing the half with a powerful tip dunk that gave Harvard a 15-point advantage at the break, 35-20.

The Crimson led by double digits for the duration of the second period, with five different players making at least two baskets. The advantage grew as large as 19 points in the frame, as Christian Juzang hit a three and Baker was successful from the free throw stripe. The team quashed any Yale attempt at a comeback, allowing just eight points over the final 8:43.

Harvard Highlights

  • Baker and Bassey co-led the Crimson with 13 points, while Djuricic was close behind with 12.
  • The Crimson held Yale to just 30.5 percent shooting in the game, and the Bulldogs lowest scoring output of the season.
  • Eight different players scored, while four players secured at least seven rebounds.

Game Notes

  • Harvard won its third-straight against Yale, and held the Bulldogs to just 49 points for the second-straight meeting.
  • The Crimson improves to 81-118 all-time in the series history.
  • Harvard won the rebounding battle by 12 boards.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 2 for its first back-to-back in the Ivy League slate, against Brown. The game tips off at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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