PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard men's basketball suffered a devastating loss on the road to Brown on Saturday night, 72-71. A late Crimson foul on a made basket set up a three-point play with 0.5 seconds left and the Bears escaped with the victory.
Justin Bassey gave the Crimson (14-7; 3-3 Ivy League) a 71-69 lead with 2.9 seconds left after the senior corralled a rebound in the paint and beat the shot clock. On the ensuing possession, Brown (11-8; 4-2 Ivy) heaved the ball up the court and called timeout, leaving it with 2.6 seconds to make a play.
After taking a glance at the Bears formation, Harvard called a timeout of its own. Once the action resumed, Tamenang Choh drove to the basket, was fouled and made the bucket. The forward converted the three-point play with a half-second left on the clock.
Harvard led by as many as seven points in the first half, aided by its 51.7-percent shooting. The Crimson, however, got into foul trouble early, which resulted in Brown attempting 20 free throws. The Bears made 18 of those 20, with eight of their final 11 points coming from the charity stripe. At halftime, the score was level at 39.
The Crimson opened the second half slowly and got behind 50-42 with 16:28 left in regulation. Harvard fought back, but never led by more than three points the rest of the way.
Free-throw shooting doomed the Crimson as it allowed the Bears to record 28 of its 72 points from the line. Brown finished the game 28-for-32 from the stripe, compared to a 12-for-18 performance the by the visitors.
• Robert Baker finished with a team-high 18 points, which was one off his career high, on a personal-record seven field goals. He also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
• Noah Kirkwood posted 10 points, six rebounds and a game-high four assists.
• Christian Juzang knocked down a pair of three-pointers en route to 10 points. On the Yale-Brown road trip, the senior finished with 10 assists and two turnovers in 63 minutes.
Harvard returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Cornell. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with the contest airing on ESPN+.