CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Chris Lewis broke the Harvard career blocks record and scored 15 points while adding eight rebounds, as the Harvard men's basketball team earned a 60-55 victory at Howard Sunday afternoon.
Lewis now has 150 blocks in his career, surpassing Keith Wright '12 for most in program history.
Lewis scored the first four baskets of the game for the Crimson, who led, 10-5, by the first media timeout. Lewis also tied the Harvard career blocks record when he rejected Wayne Bristol, Jr's layup attempt at the 18:52 mark. Harvard continued to attack the rim from inside the paint, scoring 16 of its first 19 points from there, as the Crimson led, 19-13, with under eight minutes left in the half.
After Howard came back to go up, 23-19, Chris Ledum hit a 3-pointer and then converted an and-one to regain the lead for the Crimson, 25-23, with just over four minutes left in the first. At the break, the teams headed to the locker room knotted, 31-31.
In the second, Noah Kirkwood stole a pass at midcourt and finished with a layup to give the Crimson a three-point edge, 36-33, with just over 15 minutes to play. Harvard opened up a six-point lead when Kyle Catchings connected on a 3 from the corner, 44-38, with 12:47 left.
Following the final media timeout, the Bison got within two, 54-52, before Kirkwood converted an and-one to push the Harvard lead back to five, 57-52, with 1:43 to go. In the last minute of play with Harvard up three, Lewis broke the school's career blocks record by swatting away a Charles William layup attempt with 35 seconds left.
- In addition to breaking the school career blocks record, Chris Lewis averaged 18.5 points over the weekend.
- The Crimson outscored the Bison, 32-20, in the paint and 32-5 off the bench
- Harvard held the edge in rebounds, 54-33.
Harvard will visit California Sunday, Dec. 29 for a 6 p.m. ET start time.