Defense Leads Men’s Basketball Past Siena, 59-56

Photo by Tim Cowie
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its second ever contest against the Siena Saints, Harvard men's basketball used an inspiring performance from its first-year players to pick up its third win of the season, 59-56. Harvard moves to 3-1 on the season, remaining undefeated when playing at Lavietes Pavilion.  

First-year forward Chris Ledlum led the team with 14 points, a career high, on 3-for-4 shooting from behind the arc. Junior Rio Haskett and senior Justin Bassey chipped in with nine points apiece while Chris Lewis controlled the glass with 11 rebounds.

Siena came out fast, taking a 13-4 lead after the first media timeout. The Crimson answered with three straight Ledlum 3-pointers, followed by a Robert Baker triple to shrink the Siena lead to one. Harvard put together a 19-11 run to go into the half on top 37-30.

In the second half, the Crimson relied on the defense of Justin Bassey and Christian Juzang to shut down Saints leading scorer Jalen Pickett. As a team, the Crimson used 10 blocked shots and eight steals to hold their opponent under 60 points for the third time this season.

Down the stretch, Juzang iced the game with a pair of free throws to seal the Harvard victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year Chris Ledlum scored a career-high 14 points on 3-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.
  • Senior Chris Lewis grabbed 11 rebounds, tying his career high. This is the fourth time Lewis has reached the total.
  • Senior Captain Henry Welsh made his first appearance of the season, scoring two points in four minutes.
  • As a team, Harvard blocked ten shots and recorded eight steals while forcing 17 Saints turnovers.

Game Notes

  • The Crimson held its opponent to under 60 points for the third time in four games.
  • Harvard ties the all-time series with Siena at 1-1.
  • The Crimson have now started 3-0 at home for the second time in three seasons.

Next Up
Harvard returns to Massachusetts for a Bay State battle at Holy Cross on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.