Men’s Basketball Emerges with 67-58 Road Win at Cornell

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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men's basketball team earned a 67-58 road win at Cornell on Saturday night to complete the sweep of the New York Ivy League schools. The Crimson, which captured an eight-point win at Columbia on Friday, was led by Robert Baker's 12 points.

Harvard moved to 20-7 overall with the victory and 9-3 in the Ivy League, while Cornell dropped to 6-19 (3-9 Ivy). The 20-win campaign is the seventh in program history for the Crimson, all of which have occurred under Tommy Amaker, who coincidentally, picked up Harvard career win No. 250. The Crimson also secured a spot in the Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA, which will be held at Lavietes Pavilion.

Both teams embodied the saying, "Basketball is a game of runs," in the first half with the Crimson opening on an 6-0 run and Cornell answering with eight unanswered points. After the Big Red took an 8-6 lead, Harvard promptly responded with a 10-0 spurt of its own. Cornell then outscored the visitors, 11-2, which included an 8-0 stretch, to get within one at 18-17 with 8:00 left. The game returned to a normal flow, but Harvard ended the period with a 9-2 run, propelling it to a 32-24 lead.

The Crimson bombarded Cornell with three-pointers to open the second half as its first four field goals came from behind the arc. Rio Haskett knocked the first two down and was followed by Noah Kirkwood and Danilo Djuricic. Harvard later used an 8-0 run to help balloon its lead to 20 points, taking a 49-29 lead with 13:44 remaining. Shortly thereafter, Chris Ledlum made a bucket with 11:33 left and the Crimson would not make another field goal for the balance of the evening.

Harvard had trouble taking care of the ball during its field-goal drought, but managed to keep Cornell at a safe distance thanks to its 16-for-20 free-throw-shooting performance. The Crimson's effort from the charity stripe prevented the Big Red from getting any closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Baker, who led Harvard in scoring, added four rebounds and a team-high-tying two steals. Haskett, meanwhile, scored 11 points and finished with a 15.0 scoring average for the weekend.

Harvard Notes
• The Crimson won its sixth straight game and surpassed its 2018-19 win total (19) in the process.
• Harvard has won seven of its last eight games and three of its last four road games.
• Harvard won its ninth road game of the campaign, its most since also winning nine in 2014-15.
• The Crimson swept Cornell after suffering the same fate a season ago.
• Harvard secured its first 20-win season since the 2014-15 campaign.
• Tommy Amaker, the school's all-time winningest coach, improved to 250-138 in his 13 seasons at Harvard.
• Nine of 10 Harvard players scored at least three points.
• The Crimson was 26-for-33 from the free-throw line. The 26 makes were a season high.
Justin Bassey had seven points and a game-high seven rebounds. He averaged 9.0 rebounds in the two games this week. 

Up Next
Harvard returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Brown on Senior Night. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with the contest airing on ESPN+.