Aiken scores 44 to lift Harvard over Columbia 98-96 in 3OT
BOSTON (AP) — Bryce Aiken had a career-high 44 points as Harvard narrowly defeated Columbia 98-96 in triple overtime on Friday night.
Aiken made 16 of 18 foul shots.
Justin Bassey had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Harvard (11-7, 4-1 Ivy League), which earned its fifth straight win. Christian Juzang added 14 points. Robert Baker had 6 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the home team.
Chris Lewis, who led the Crimson in scoring entering the contest with 13 points per game, shot only 20 percent in the game (1 of 5).
The 98 points were a season best for Harvard.
Gabe Stefanini had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Lions (6-13, 1-4). Quinton Adlesh scored a career-high 24 points and had six assists. Patrick Tape scored a career-high 22 points and had 12 rebounds.
Harvard faces Cornell at home on Saturday. Columbia matches up against Dartmouth on the road on Saturday.