NCAAB Game Recap - Harvard at California
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Dec 29, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Harvard (9-4)

34

37

71

California (6-7)

24

39

63

Lewis leads Harvard's block party in 71-63 win over Cal
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:20 PM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) With leading scorer Bryce Aiken in a walking boot and the offense sputtering most of the way, Harvard once again leaned heavily on its defense to keep its longest winning streak of the season going.

Chris Lewis had 19 points and a career-high four blocked shots, and Harvard beat California 71-63 on Sunday.

Christian Juzang added 14 points including five free throws in the final four minutes to help the Crimson (9-4) to their fourth consecutive win and second straight over California.

"Our defense is our calling card for our program," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. "We've built our program around our defense. I would love for us to be able to do that on one end and be a little more efficient on the other end. That's the goal. But certainly pleased with the team defensive effort that we gave."

Lewis made all seven of his shots and had an emphatic two-handed dunk late in the second half while anchoring Harvard's offense, but it was the Crimson's defense that made the difference for Amaker's team. Harvard set a season-high with 11 blocks and held California to 35 % shooting.

"That's something that we definitely pride ourselves on is getting defensive stops," Juzang said. "With Chris Lewis and having Rob Baker, all these guys that can pin it off the backboard if you do get beat, we take a lot of pride in helping and recovering and making those rotations. Everyone feeds off that energy and protection we have at the rim."

Aiken sat out a second straight game with a left foot injury he suffered Dec. 21 against George Washington. Aiken, who who was limited to 18 games last season because of injuries, has also been bothered by knee and calf issues throughout the year.

"I'm waiting for the trainers and doctors to tell me," Amaker said of Aiken's status.

Matt Bradley scored 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting for the Golden Bears. California (6-7) has lost three straight and five of six.

"We're not that far away but we're a long way away from the level of consistency that is needed," Bears coach Mark Fox said. "There's a lot of instinctive plays on the defensive end that we do not make, and we probably won't make until we go through it and get some experience."

Lewis had six points in the first seven minutes to get Harvard out to an early lead. Robert Baker and Justin Bassey added 3-pointers, and Mason Forbes added a pair of free throws to put the Crimson ahead 31-18.

BIG PICTURE

Harvard: The Crimson have spent much of the season on the road and have won their last three away from home. It wasn't always pretty offensively as the team struggled to get much going when Lewis wasn't scoring. But Harvard repeatedly got to loose balls, tipped passes and prevented California from getting much going.

California: The Bears ended their nonconference schedule with another loss, their second straight at home following a 6-0 start at Haas Pavilion. Instead of heading into Pac-12 play with some momentum, California goes in with plenty of questions left unanswered. The Bears desperately need to find another scorer to help Bradley, who tends to rush his shots when Cal is trailing.

UP NEXT

Harvard: The Crimson stay in Nothern California and play at San Francisco on Monday. The Crimson are winless in three previous games against the Dons.

California: The Golden Bears begin their Pac-12 schedule at Stanford on Thursday. The Bears have won their last two games at Maples Pavilion.

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Leaders

Harvard PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Catchings 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Lewis 19 0 0 4 1 4
California PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Kuany 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. Klonaras 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Harv Cal
Points For 71 63
Field Goals 21/41-51% 21/60-35%
Three Pointers 5/13-38% 4/15-27%
Free Throws 24/37-65% 17/24-71%
Offensive Rebounds 3 13
Defensive Rebounds 31 24
Rebounds 38 40
Blocks 11 5
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 13 9
Personal Fouls 22 27
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Harv Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 Harv 71 @ Cal 63 M. Forbes 2 J. Brown 2

Game Information

Stadium: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California
Attendance: 4,317
Game Time: