Patrick Steeves helps George Washington top Harvard

 Former Harvard player Patrick Steeves scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and George Washington coasted to a 58-48 win over Harvard on Saturday in Washington.

Seth Towns scored 12 points for Harvard (5-7) and Chris Lewis added 10. The Crimson went 1 of 11 from 3-point range in the second half. The loss was the first for the Crimson against an Atlantic 10 foe this season. The Crimson had beaten UMass, Saint Joseph’s, and Fordham.

George Washington (7-6) set season-lows for points allowed and field-goal percentage defense at .281.


Steeves, who played for the Crimson from 2012-16 and is playing as a graduate student for the Colonials, and Terry Nolan Jr. combined for 9 straight George Washington points to open the game and the Colonials led wire-to-wire.

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George Washington took the first double-digit lead of the second half during a 10-0 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Nolan and Yuta Watanabe, for a 47-32 lead. The Colonials led by at least 8 points the rest of the way.

Jair Bolden added 14 points and Nolan finished with 10 for George Washington.

BC 78, Richmond 73 — Jordan Chatman left campus with some good memories for his cross-country flight home for the Christmas break.

Chatman nailed one of his seven 3-pointers in overtime and matched his career-high with 30 points, Ky Bowman hit a key three and Boston College beat Richmond, 78-73, on Saturday at Conte Forum to surpass its win total from each of the past two seasons.


‘‘It’s funny,’’ Chatman said, smiling. ‘‘I missed more of the open ones than the contested ones. I had it going early. I felt good.’’

The 6-foot-5-inch junior guard from Vancouver, Wash., was 10 of 16 from the floor, and nailed 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.

‘‘We found a way to win,’’ BC coach Jim Christian said. ‘‘That’s what you have to do. You’re not going to play great individually or collectively every night.’’

Bowman had 17 points and Jerome Robinson 12 for the Eagles (10-3), who won their fifth straight game — their longest streak since 2012-13.

BC won despite being outrebounded, 45-36, and missing 15 of 25 3-point attempts.


‘‘We don’t have a plethora of depth, so we need everybody to play well,’’ Christian said. ‘‘This is a tough game for a lot of people — going home for Christmas for a lot of guys.’’

Grant Golden scored 17 points and Khwan Fore 14 for Richmond (2-10). The Spiders have lost eight of nine.

‘‘This is a really good BC team,’’ Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. ‘‘To come up here and be close to a win is really good for us.’’

The Eagles won just nine games last season and seven the one prior.

Chatman’s three gave BC a 73-71 edge. Bowman’s from the right wing made it 76-71 with 54 seconds left.

‘‘They made a nice play,’’ Mooney said of Bowman’s trey. ‘‘I wish we could have handled that a little bit differently, so we weren’t in that position.’’

Auburn 89, UConn 64 — Desean Murray and Mustapha Heron each scored 13 points and a balanced effort led the host Tigers (11-1) over the Huskies. It was the Tigers’ third-largest margin of victory this season and the Huskies’ second-largest margin of defeat.

Jalen Adams, UConn’s leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, scored a 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting for the Huskies (7-5). UConn shot just 34.3 percent from the field.

Central Conn. State 76, UMass Lowell 73 — Mustafa Jones scored a career-high 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the visiting Blue Devils got a partial block on Matt Harris’s last-second shot and held on to edge the River Hawks.

Both teams had miscues down the stretch, particularly from the foul line. Tyler Kohl’s hesitation drive put central Connecticut (7-6) up, 74-71, with 1:12 to play but Jahad Thomas quickly answered for the River Hawks (6-6) with 57.4 seconds to go.

After an exhange of free throws, Harris had a chance to tie but his shot from the right wing never made it the rim. Thomas had 21 points for the River Hawks.

Fairfield 76, UNH 68 — Senior Tyler Nelson scored a season-high 31 points, including 21 in the second half, to help the host Stags (5-6) get past the Wildcats (3-10). Tanner Leissner had 24 points for New Hampshire.