Men’s Basketball Suffers Home Defeat to Brown, 64-55

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball suffered its first home loss of the season on Friday night, falling to Brown, 64-55, at Lavietes Pavilion. The defeat dropped the Crimson to 20-8 overall (9-4 Ivy League), while the Bears improved to 14-12 (7-6 Ivy).

Harvard found itself trailing early, but turned a 7-4 deficit into an 18-9 advantage thanks to a 14-2 run, which included 11 unanswered points. During the spurt, Noah Kirkwood and Rio Haskett each contributed five points on two treys and a layup.

The Bears clawed back to level the score at 22 apiece only to have Chris Lewis score five consecutive points to push the Crimson back in front. In the final minutes of the first half, however, Harvard was careless with the ball on a couple of possessions and Brown took full advantage, eventually pulling ahead, 33-30, at halftime.

The Crimson struggled to shoot and take care of the ball in the second half. Lewis was responsible for Harvard's first four points of the period and his second bucket came with 17:30 left in the frame. After that, Brown scored 11 unanswered points and Harvard did not dent the scoreboard, while committing five turnovers, until Kirkwood made a three with 10:14 left. The triple made it a 47-37 Bears lead.

Harvard managed to get to within six points with 2:13 left on the game clock, but back-to-back layups by Tamenang Choh stopped the Crimson momentum and squashed any hopes of a comeback.

Kirkwood finished with a team-high 14 points and was joined in double figures by Lewis (13) and Idan Tretout (career-high 11). Justin Bassey, meanwhile, had a team-high seven rebounds.

Harvard Notes
• Harvard had its six-game winning streak stopped and is 7-2 in its last nine outings.
• Harvard had its 12-game home winning streak halted. The Crimson won the last two home games of last season and the first 10 of the current campaign.
• The Crimson started its four healthy seniors in co-captain Henry Welsh, Robert Baker, Justin Bassey and Chris Lewis. Sophomore Noah Kirkwood joined them in the starting lineup.
• Harvard recognized in a pregame ceremony the aforementioned senior quartet along with Bryce Aiken, Christian Juzang and Seth Towns

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