Men’s Basketball Closes Regular Season With Home Win Over Yale

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball completed its regular-season schedule on Saturday night with a 83-69 home victory over Yale, which was receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll. The Crimson snapped the Bulldogs' five-game winning streak and improved to 21-8 and 10-4 in the Ivy League.

Neither team led by more than four points for the first 14-plus minutes until Harvard opened up a 34-27 lead with 2:16 left thanks to a 14-5 run. During the spurt, Rio Haskett contributed five points and Danilo Djuricic punctuated it with a three at the top of the arc. Yale (23-7; 11-3 Ivy) answered with five points of its own, but a Justin Bassey long-two gave the Crimson a 36-32 lead at halftime.

When the action resumed, Harvard scored seven of the game's first eight points to open up a 43-33 lead. The Crimson later extended its lead to 50-39 after a pair of highlight dunks from Mason Forbes, the last of which came off a Robert Baker lob.

Harvard kept the pressure on Yale and went on an 8-0 run, with the seventh and eighth points coming from Chris Ledlum. The first-year broke into the passing lane, got on the break and threw down a 360-degree dunk. The sequence gave the home side a 60-43 lead with 9:26 left in the contest. From that point on, the Crimson was never threatened as it defeated the Bulldogs for the eighth straight time in the regular season.

Harvard Notes
• Harvard's 21 victories are its most since the 2014-15 campaign when it won 22 games.
• The Crimson handed Yale its worst loss since Feb. 1, 2019, when Harvard won, 65-49.
Chris Ledlum (5 points, 3 rebounds, career-high 4 assists) made his first career start. The first-year was joined in the lineup by seniors Robert Baker, Justin Bassey and Chris Lewis, and junior Rio Haskett.
Robert Baker was a menace on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with four blocked shots to match a season high.
Justin Bassey posted his seventh double-figure scoring game of the campaign in the first half alone when he recorded 12 points. The senior finished with a season-high 19 points.
Rio Haskett reached double figures in scoring for the third time in four games and for the seventh time in 2019-20. The junior posted 14 points.
Idan Tretout tied his career high with 11 points. The first-year scored 11 points for the second straight game. 

Up Next
Harvard returns to action next week when it plays host to the Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA. The Crimson is set to face Princeton on Saturday at 2 p.m., in a contest that will air on ESPNU.