Men’s Basketball Equals Largest Margin of Victory in Program History, Downs MIT, 84-27

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening the doors of Lavietes Pavilion for the first time this season, Harvard men's basketball tallied an 84-27 victory over MIT on Tuesday night. The 57-point margin of victory equaled the largest in program history, tying the mark set Feb. 13, 1946 against Northeastern.

First-year Chris Ledlum finished with a double-double in his first-career outing, totaling 13 points to go with 11 rebounds. Senior Christian Juzang was in double figures with 12 points, while 12 different Harvard players scored in the game. The Crimson defense forced 29 MIT turnovers in the game.

Harvard opened up a 25-4 lead over the first 13:20, including a 21-0 run that lasted nearly 12 minutes. Juzang and Chris Lewis poured in seven points apiece in the opening frame, as Harvard led at the break, 33-10.

The scoring continued into the second half, with Harvard using a 27-1 run to open up a 60-13 lead with 11:26 to play in the second half. Sophomore Mason Forbes had three baskets during the run, while Robert Baker and Juzang each contributed two. Harvard coasted to the finish, with the Crimson's five first-years closing the victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Ledlum finished in double figures with 13 points to go with 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double.
  • Juzang tallied 12 points and a team-high three assists.
  • The Crimson defense forced 29 turnovers, with Rio Haskett and Baker tallying three steals apiece. Baker also rejected a game-high four shots.
  • The game marked the career debut for Ledlum, Ciaran Brayboy, Tommy O'Neil, Luka Sakota and Idan Tretout.

Game Notes

  • The 57-point margin of victory equals the program's all-time record, originally set Feb. 13, 1946 against Northeastern (82-25).
  • Harvard improves to 57-9 all-time against MIT.
  • The win is Harvard's fourth under head coach Tommy Amaker by more than 40 points.

What's Next?
Harvard continues its opening week with a trip to Northeastern Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. before returning to host Maine on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The bout with the Huskies will be broadcast on NESN, while the clash with Maine will air on ESPN+.