ITHACA, N.Y. – On a night ravaged by upsets throughout the Ivy League, Harvard men's basketball dropped a tight contest with Cornell, 72-59, on Saturday night at Newman Arena. Despite the result, the Crimson can still clinch its seventh Ivy League championship and the Ivy League Tournament's top seed with a win in its regular season finale against Columbia.
Juniors Bryce Aiken and Christian Juzang led the way with 17 and 15 points, respectively, while first-year Noah Kirkwood poured in 12 with nine rebounds. Sophomore Danilo Djuricic posted a career-high 10 rebounds, while junior Chris Lewis scored seven points with nine boards.
A back-and-forth first half with 12 lead changes ended with a tied score, 29-29. Juzang led the Crimson (16-10, 9-4 Ivy) with 11 points in the frame, and gave Harvard a one-point lead, 25-24, with his third triple of the period. Cornell (14-15, 6-7 Ivy) finished inside for the final two of the half to take the level score into the intermission.
An 8-0 Cornell run to start the second half gave the home team momentum, but Harvard responded with a run of its own, 14-4, to take a 44-41 lead with 12:45 to play. The Big Red countered with a pair of triples to take the lead, and hit a series of free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
- Aiken, Juzang and Kirkwood finished in double figures with 17, 15, and 12, respectively.
- Djuricic tallied a career-high with 10 rebounds, while Lewis and Kirkwood secured nine each.
- Harvard falls to Cornell for the second time this season, and moves to 83-94 all-time in the series history.
- Based on results around the Ivy League, Harvard can secure its seventh Ivy League championship and the top seed in the Ivy League Tournament with a win against Columbia.
Harvard travels to Columbia on Saturday, March 8 with a chance to win its seventh Ivy League championship. The game tips off at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+ and SNY.