HANOVER, N.H. – Harvard men's basketball used a gritty defensive effort in the second half to pull away from Dartmouth on the road en route to a 70-66 win. The victory was the Crimson's eighth straight and sixth consecutive on the road.
Noah Kirkwood led Harvard with 17 points on the strength of five three-pointers, while Chris Lewis added 13 points and nine rebounds. Chris Ledlum, meanwhile, chipped in with 12 points off the bench for a Crimson side that improved to 13-4 and 2-0 in the Ivy League.
Harvard opened the game accurate from deep, hitting its first three treys and four of its first five to jump out to a 12-5 lead. The Crimson later extended its lead to eight points with 12:55 left in the first half thanks to a Chris Ledlum bucket, but Dartmouth, like a week ago, would not go away easily.
The Crimson held onto its lead until the final minutes of the first half when the Big Green scored six unanswered points, the last pair coming from Taurus Samuels. Harvard, however, scored four of the final six points to take a 34-33 lead into the locker room.
The second half started like the first with Justin Bassey burying a three-pointer. Dartmouth responded on its next possession with a layup, but Harvard kept the Big Green at arm's length. Following a dunk from Aaryn Rai to pull Dartmouth to within five points with 11:22 remaining, the Crimson held the hosts scoreless for the next 4:56, while scoring five points of its own to help it pull away. The dagger came with just over four minutes to play when Noah Kirkwood hit a step-back triple to make it a 60-50 lead en route to the four-point win.
Harvard held Dartmouth to 38.1-percent shooting, including 35.3 percent in the second half. On the flipside, Harvard connected on 52 percent of its attempts from the field in the second half and was 6-for-13 from deep in the final 20 minutes.
Harvard Highlights and Notes
- Harvard improved to 13-4, the fifth-best 17-game start under Tommy Amaker.- The Crimson collected its eighth straight victory, matching the fourth-best effort in the Amaker era. Harvard is one win away from tying the longest winning streak under Amaker.
- Harvard picked up its sixth consecutive road win, bringing it within one victory of the longest single-season road winning streak under Amaker. The 2013-14 squad won seven road games in a row.
- The Crimson won its third straight game vs. Dartmouth and swept the Big Green for the first time since 2017-18. It is the eighth season sweep of Dartmouth under Amaker.
- Harvard, which is 7-1 in its last eight vs. Dartmouth, narrows its series deficit to 97-93. The Crimson improved to 10-3 in its last 13 vs. the Big Green in Hanover.
- The Crimson is 2-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 2017-18. It is the eighth 2-0 Ivy start under Amaker.
Harvard returns to action on Friday when it plays at Penn. Game time is set for 5 p.m., with the contest airing on ESPNU.