Harvard beats Michigan 62-51 by scoring last 11 points
BOSTON (AP)—Harvard scored the last 11 points after Michigan pulled into a tie as the Crimson gave coach Tommy Amaker a 62-51 win Saturday night over the school that fired him after six seasons.
With the crowd chanting “We got Tommy, we got Tommy,” Harvard (4-4) responded to a Wolverines surge by shutting them out after DeShawn Sims tied the game 51-51 with a layup with 3:38 remaining.
Harvard hadn’t trailed until Kelvin Grady hit a 3-pointer to give Michigan (3-5) a 42-40 lead with 10:13 left. The Crimson went back in front 51-47, but Michigan tied it on baskets by Manny Harris and Sims. Then Harvard began the winning rally with a layup by Pat Magnarelli.
The Crimson were led by Andrew Pusar with 12 points and Magnarelli and Dan McGeary with 11 each. Harris led Michigan with 13 points, and Sims and Ron Coleman added 12 each.
Amaker was fired and moved to Harvard after failing to reach the NCAA tournament with the Big Ten school in any of his six seasons. He did take the Wolverines to three NITs and won the tournament in 2004.
Michigan coach John Beilein spent the last five seasons at West Virginia, which made it to the postseason the past four years with two berths in the NCAAs and two in the NIT. The Mountaineers won the NIT last season.
The teams met for only the second time last season and Michigan, under Amaker, won 82-50 at Ann Arbor.
Before the game, Harvard fans chanted “Appalachian State, Appalachian State,” a reference to the team that upset then No. 5 Michigan in the Wolverines football opener this year. Michigan rooters responded, “Let’s go Blue. Let’s go Blue.”
There were plenty of maize-and-blue clad Michigan fans in the sellout crowd at 2,050-seat Lavietes Pavilion. The Wolverines play their home games at Crisler Arena, with a capacity of 13,751.
Michigan had come back from a 37-26 deficit to tie it by scoring the next 11 points. Coleman made it 37-37 with a 3-pointer after he got an offensive rebound.
Harvard’s 11-point run decided the game starting with Magnarelli’s layup.
Drew Housman followed with a spinning layup in traffic and Evan Harris made a free throw. Housman hit two more free throws before Magnarelli and Jeremy Lin finished the scoring with layups.