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Harvard Sinks Crosstown Rival Once Again

  • Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Harvard forward Wesley Saunders (23) drives into Boston College forward Eddie Odio (4) as he shoots during the first half of an college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Harvard forward Wesley Saunders (23) drives into Boston College forward Eddie Odio (4) as he shoots during the first half of an college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Harvard forward Wesley Saunders (23) drives into Boston College forward Eddie Odio (4) as he shoots during the first half of an college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Harvard forward Wesley Saunders (23) drives into Boston College forward Eddie Odio (4) as he shoots during the first half of an college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (1) shoots against Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (21) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (1) shoots against Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (21) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (1) shoots against Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (21) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (1) shoots against Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (21) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Harvard forward Wesley Saunders (23) drives into Boston College forward Eddie Odio (4) as he shoots during the first half of an college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Harvard forward Wesley Saunders (23) drives into Boston College forward Eddie Odio (4) as he shoots during the first half of an college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (1) shoots against Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (21) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (1) shoots against Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (21) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston — Siyani Chambers matched a career high with 21 points and Wesley Saunders added 18 last night to lead Harvard to a 79-63 victory over Boston College — the Crimson’s fifth consecutive victory over its crosstown, power-conference rival.

Chambers scored eight points during a 15-1 run early in the second half that turned a six-point lead into a 57-37 advantage with 12½ minutes to play.

Ryan Anderson scored 23 with seven rebounds for Boston College (3-5), which was without starting center Dennis Clifford, who sat on the bench with his right foot in a boot.

Andrew Van Nest, who played for Harvard (4-3) as an undergraduate but is now at BC for graduate school, scored four points for the Eagles against his former team.

It’s the fifth consecutive season Harvard has beaten Boston College and the second year in a row that the Crimson have blown out the Eagles, an Atlantic Coast Conference school with a respectable history of NCAA appearances.

No. 3 Michigan 73, W. Michigan 41

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists, and No. 3 Michigan eased past Western Michigan.

The Wolverines (8-0) had actually lost their previous two games against the Broncos, but that was more than a decade ago. Western Michigan (6-2) had won six straight coming into this game, including a victory over South Florida, but the Broncos wasted a chance to stay in the game with the Wolverines, turning the ball over 13 times in the first half.

No. 12 Missouri 81, SE Missouri St. 65

Columbia, Mo. — Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 26 points to help No. 12 Missouri rally from 10 points down at halftime and beat Southeast Missouri State.

Phil Pressey added 17 points for the Tigers (7-1) after making only 3 of 14 shots from the field in the first half, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

No. 13 Illinois 72, W. Carolina 64

Champaign, Ill. — Brandon Paul scored 14 points and No. 13 Illinois earned a win over Western Carolina.

Western Carolina tied the game at 54-54 with 5:53 left.

No. 14 Minnesota 88, South Dakota St. 64

Minneapolis — Andre Hollins scored 20 of his 22 points before halftime, and No. 14 Minnesota breezed to victory over a South Dakota State team missing point guard Nate Wolters.

No. 15 Georgetown 64, Texas 41

New York — Otto Porter had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Georgetown over Texas in the opener of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Nate Lubick added 13 points and Markel Starks had 11 for the Hoyas, who led by 13 at halftime.

The lead grew to 23 and was never less than eight in the second half.

The Hoyas (6-1), whose only loss this season was to No. 1 Indiana in overtime, scored the first nine points of the game, the last four from Lubick on layups.