BERKELEY, Calif. – Harvard men's basketball never trailed Sunday afternoon in a 71-63 road win at California. The victory extended the Crimson's season-long winning streak to four games and moved it to 9-4 on the season, while the Golden Bears, who entered the game 6-1 at home, fell to 6-7.
Chris Lewis knocked down his first two field goals of the game, giving Harvard a 4-2 lead and the visitors never looked back. The Crimson received a balanced offensive attack in the first 20 minutes as eight of 10 players found the scoring column, led by Lewis' nine points. At the end of the first half, Harvard led, 34-24.
California stayed within striking distance, getting as close as seven points with 11:22 left in regulation. The Harvard defense, however, tightened its screws and held the Golden Bears scoreless for 4 minutes, 16 seconds. The streak ended when Paris Austin made one of two free throws, which cut the Crimson lead to 13.
A 7-0 Cal run got the Bears to within eight, 58-50, with 4:18 to go, but Harvard responded with five unanswered points to push the hosts aside. In the final minute, a 6-for-7 free-throw exhibition helped ice the game for Harvard as it earned its ninth win of the year.
- Chris Lewis enjoyed a perfect shooting night, going 7-for-7 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. The senior finished with a game-high 19 points and a career-high-tying four blocked shots.
- Christian Juzang finished with a season-high 14 points.
- Justin Bassey for the second consecutive game grabbed nine rebounds. His total led all players.
- Harvard blocked a season-high 11 shots, erasing its old best of 10 vs. Siena.
- Ten of 11 Harvard players who saw action scored at least two points.
- The Crimson handed California its second home loss of the season, joining Saint Mary's as the only teams to leave Haas Pavilion with a win.
- Harvard picks up its first win over a Pac-12 school since Dec. 29, 2012, when it defeated California on the road, 67-62.
- The Crimson improves to 3-5 under Tommy Amaker against schools in the Pac-12 at game time. Harvard moves to 4-6 under Amaker against the current Pac-12 alignment.
- The Crimson wins its second game of the season vs. a Power-5 Conference school, marking the first time it has accomplished the feat since 2013-14 when it defeated TCU (Big 12) and Boston College (ACC). Earlier this season, Harvard beat Texas A&M (SEC).
- During its four-game winning streak, Harvard owns an average margin of victory of 15.0 points.
Harvard returns to action on Monday night when it faces San Francisco at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The game will stream live on the WCC Network.