Men’s Basketball’s Rally Cut Short at Northeastern, 84-79

Chris Lewis defends against Northeastern
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BOSTON – Taking the court for the first time on the road this season, Harvard men's basketball fell to Northeastern, 84-79, on Friday night at Matthews Arena.

Sophomore Noah Kirkwood led the Crimson with a team-high 18 points, while senior Chris Lewis was close behind with 17 and a game-leading nine rebounds. Senior Christian Juzang dished five assists to go with seven points of his own.

Northeastern jumped out to a quick start, leading 13-2, but Djuricic kept the Crimson in striking distance with seven first half points, including a tip-in and a triple to lead a 10-2 run midway through the period. The Huskies persisted with a run of their own, and took a 44-27 lead into the break.

Harvard showed its resilience in the second half, scoring 52 points in the period. The double-digit advantage was reduced to nine after a reverse layup from Lewis with 12:44 to play, and Baker continued with a triple in transition to make it a six-point game. Harvard cut the Northeastern lead to one possession multiple times, but the home team knocked down free throws late to secure the outcome.

Harvard Highlights

  • Kirkwood led the scoring with 18 points, finishing 7-for-12 from the field with three 3-pointers.
  • Lewis connected on seven of nine field goals, ending with 17 points.
  • The Crimson combined for 12 offensive rebounds, and finished with a plus-five margin on the glass, 33-28.

Game Notes

  • Harvard drops to 37-18 all-time against the Huskies.
  • Lewis has scored 17 points in back-to-back meetings with the Huskies.

What's Next?
Harvard continues its non-conference slate at home Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. against Maine. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.