CHESTNUT HILL - Siyani Chambers scored a career-high 21 points and the Crimson exploded for 48 second-half points on the way to a 79-63 rout of the Boston College Eagles inside Conte Forum on Tuesday night. Harvard's victory was its fifth consecutive over Boston College in Chestnut Hill.
"We really got beat by a team that has done a terrific job over the years 'building a culture,' is what I like to say," Boston College third-year head coach Steve Donahue said. "They don't have the pieces they had before, but when you build a team and you build a culture like that, the next guy knows what the drill is. Tommy [Amaker] and his staff have done a great job of that and it's obviously very apparent when you play them that they've' done that and they deserve it, they outplayed us and did a great job in my opinion in all aspects of the game."
Harvard had three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Chambers, and shot a healthy 54.9 percent from the field (28-for-51). Joining Chambers in the double-digits department were Wesley Saunders (18 points) and Jonah Travis (14 points). Laurent Rivard buried two threes and had nine points while Christian Webster chipped in with eight points. The Crimson out-rebounded the Eagles, 24-21, and had 14 assists, nine steals, two blocks and nine giveaways.
Ryan Anderson snapped back into form for most of Tuesday's game, finishing with a team-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds. Boston College shot a better percentage from the field than Harvard did -- 58.1 percent -- but took eight fewer shots (25-for-43). Joe Rahon totaled 12 points and eight assists and Lonnie Jackson added 11 points for BC. The Eagles coughed the ball up 15 times and had 14 assists, three blocks and two swipes.
Anderson scored BC's first six points and ten of its first 13, helping the Eagles build a 13-12 advantage, but the Crimson used a 9-1 run to secure a 21-14 edge with 10:14 left in the first half. Jackson scored six points in under two minutes and pulled the Eagles within a point, 22-21, and neither team would go up by more than five points for the rest of the half. Harvard led 31-29 at halftime.
The Crimson caught fire in the opening seven minutes of the final half, using a 20-8 run to put the game out of reach and go up by 17 points, 54-37, with 13:26 left. Harvard stretched the lead to as many as 22 points -- 76-57 at 3:37 -- and Boston College could not come any closer than 15 points down the stretch.
Boston College is off until Saturday when it hosts St. Francis at 2 p.m. ET. Harvard resumes its schedule against the Connecticut Huskies on Friday.
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