Harvard tops Dartmouth in Ivy opener

Harvard 75
Dartmouth 65

HANOVER, N.H. — Siyani Chambers hit all three shots from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 22 points, and hot-shooting Harvard held Dartmouth to 2 points over the final 8 minutes 43 seconds to win the teams’ Ivy League opener, 75-65, at Leede Arena.

Wesley Saunders added 19 points for the Crimson (9-5) on 8-of-9 shooting and tied Chambers for the team high with six assists.

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Harvard finished 27 of 43 from the field (62.8 percent) and 7 of 13 from deep. Steve Moundou-Missi was 7 of 9 from the floor (with six rebounds) for 15 points, and Laurent Rivard canned four 3-pointers for all of his 12 points.

The Crimson have shot 59.7 (83 of 139) percent over their last three games, and have won five of their last six overall, with the loss a 1-point setback at Saint Mary’s Dec. 31.

Dartmouth (3-11) led, 63-58, before Chambers and Saunders sparked an 11-0 run that spanned six minutes.

Saunders started the run with a 15-foot jumper, and Chambers followed with a tying 3-point play, converting a driving layup while getting fouled.

Harvard went ahead on its next possession on a Saunders basket, and Chambers’s field goal gave the Crimson a 67-63 advantage with 6:06 remaining. Saunders hit a layup with 3:28 left to end the 11-0 run.

Jvonte Brooks hit two free throws to pull the Big Green to within 69-65, but they were held scoreless over the final 2:50, missing their final three shots.

Chambers sank two free throws with 2:30 to go, and Moundou-Missi’s dunk gave Harvard an 8-point cushion with 1:36 remaining.

Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola led Dartmouth with 11 points, while Brooks and Gabas Maldunas each scored 10.

Harvard takes a one-game break from its conference schedule with a trip to Memphis next Saturday.