CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In their first action in two weeks, the Harvard men's basketball team downed Dartmouth, 67-62, to win its Ivy League opener and seventh straight contest. The Crimson (12-4, 1-0 Ivy) received strong performances from Chris Lewis and Chris Ledlum, who both dropped 18 points in the victory.
Harvard started slow out of the gates and trailed for nearly the first 15 minutes, falling behind by as many as seven points on two different occasions. A 7-0 Crimson run wiped out its deficit and pushed it to a 22-21 lead with 5:27 left in the first half only to have the Big Green (7-9, 0-1 Ivy) respond with 10 unanswered points. Harvard, however, came back with its own 8-0 first-half-ending spurt to get within 31-30 at halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Crimson outscored Dartmouth, 13-5, to open up a 43-36 lead with 13:32 left in the frame. The Big Green would not go down without a fight, cutting its deficit to a pair of points on multiple occasions. Harvard would later embark on a 14-4 run, pushing its lead to 62-50 with 2:09 left in regulation.
Dartmouth went on a run of its own in the final two minutes, scoring nine straight points to make it a 62-59 game with 34 seconds remaining. Christian Juzang, who made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch, and Rio Haskett, who made both of his attempts from the stripe, helped keep the Big Green at arm's length as the Crimson earned the five-point victory.
Harvard Highlights and Notes
- Harvard's seven-game winning streak is tied for the seventh-longest of the Tommy Amaker era, matching the 2009-10 squad. The Crimson came into the contest tied for the eighth-longest winning streak nationally.
- At 12-4, Harvard is off to its fifth-best start under Amaker's direction and best since the 2013-14 team opened with a 14-2 record.
- The Crimson won its eighth home game in a row, with six of the decisions coming in 2019-20.
- Harvard won its second straight game vs. Dartmouth and its fifth in a row at home vs. the Big Green. The Crimson, which is 6-1 in its last seven vs. Dartmouth, narrows its series deficit to 97-92.
- Harvard improved to 12-1 in Ivy League openers under Amaker.
- Chris Lewis reached double figures in scoring for a career-best sixth straight game.
- Chris Ledlum posted his third consecutive game with at least 10 points (career best) and his seventh double-digit scoring game of the campaign. His 18 points marked a career high.
- Christian Juzang reached double figures in scoring a fourth straight game, tallying 11 points. The senior also had a season- and game-high six assists.
Harvard returns to action next Saturday to face Dartmouth on the road. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with the contest airing on ESPN+.