Boston, Mass. – Harvard held off a late Brown surge behind 24 points by Seth Towns to come away with a 65-58 Ivy League win over the Bears Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.
Brown falls to 11-11 overall, 4-5 in the Ivy League, while Harvard improves to 13-11 overall, 8-1 in league play, and tied with Penn for first-place tie in the conference standings.
Brown junior Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) tipped-in a missed shot to tie the game for the Bears, 51-51, with 4:18 left on the clock.
Harvard scored the game's next five points on a jump shot by Chris Lewis and a trey by Towns to grab a 56-51 lead, sparking a 9-2 run that put the Crimson ahead, 60-53, with 1:47 left in the game on a Towns layup.
A trey by Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) closed the Crimson lead to 60-56, but Christian Juzang connected on two free throws to put Harvard back up by six points, 62-56. Towns iced the game with two free throws with 15.7 seconds remaining for a 64-56 Harvard advantage.
Brown sophomore guard Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) led the Bears with 17 points and three assists.
Bears' freshman Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) finished with 11 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 5:16 left in the game. Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN), who also fouled out with 2:32 remaining, scored 10 points and pulled down a team high seven rebounds. Sophomore Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) contributed with eight points.
Towns scored his 24 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field and connecting on 9-0f 12 free throws. Juzang was close behind with 21 points for the Crimson on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.
The Crimson had a 39-33 advantage on the backboards, led by Lewis, who grabbed 10 rebounds.
Harvard held a 27-25 lead at the half, with Juzang (13) and Towns (10) accounting for 23 of the Crimson points, while Anderson paced the Bears with eight points.
Lewis gave the Crimson an eight-point advantage, 41-33, on a dunk with 13:55 remaining, but Brown quickly responded with an 10-4 run to trail, 45-43, on a layup by Choh with 9:37 left. Anderson's jumper at the 8:41 mark cut Harvard's lead to 47-46.
Brown is back in action again tomorrow evening, traveling north to Hanover, NH to take on Dartmouth. Tip-off is 7:00 pm at Leede Arena.