CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Remaining unbeaten on its home floor, Harvard men's basketball used a dominant second half to run past Maine, 67-46, on Sunday at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard improves to 2-1 overall, while Maine drops its first contest of the season.
Senior Robert Baker and junior Rio Haskett shared the team lead with 14 points, with Baker tying a career-best in the category. Senior Chris Lewis joined the pair in double figures with 10, while sophomore Noah Kirkwood and first-year Chris Ledlum tallied nine apiece.
Maine led at the half, 31-30, after a back-and-forth opening period. The Black Bears led by as many as seven in the opening frame, but Harvard immediately responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 19-19 following a triple from Haskett. The Richmond, Virginia native added a second 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the half to pull Harvard within one.
The Crimson defense limited Maine to just 15 points in the second half on 22.7 percent shooting. Back-to-back dunks from Baker and Ledlum ignited the Crimson, using a 9-0 run to take the lead. The home team outscored the Black Bears over the final 12:07, 21-7, to win by 21 points.
- Baker and Haskett poured in 14 points apiece, with Baker tying a career-best and Haskett finishing one point short of his.
- The Crimson shot 53.1 percent as a team, including a 61.5 percent mark in the second half.
- Five players had multiple steals: Justin Bassey (3), Lewis (2), Baker (2), Haskett (2) and Kirkwood (2).
- Harvard improves to 7-2 all-time against Maine.
- The Crimson has held two of its three opponents under 50 points this season.
- The win is Harvard's second by 20 or more this season.
Harvard plays its third home game of the season on Thursday, Sept. 14 against Siena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.