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CRASHING THE BOARDS
"We've got Tommy! We've got
- Chanted Saturday by Harvard's student sec-
tion, the Crimson Crazies, after its new coach,
Tommy Amaker, defeated his old team, 62-51. The
loss comes just eight months after Michigan fired
Amaker for failing to make the NCAA Tournament
after six years on the job.
HARVARD 62 - MICHIGAN 51
AMAKER1, BLUE 0
Coach welcomes then bests former team
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Although Coleman wasn't the Wolverines'
leading scorer, he was their most efficient
player against Harvard. The senior scored
12 points, including two 3-pointers that
gave Michigan a brief lead in the second
half. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Player MIN FG FT REB A F PTS
M-A M-A O-T
Coleman 36 5-9 0-0 5-7 2 0 12
Sims 29 4-17 3-4 4-e a 5 12
Gibson 17 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 1 4
Harris 37 5-17 3-3 3-6 2 2 13
Grady 22 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 3
Smith 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 3
Lee 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Morris 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
wright 15 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 0 2
Udoh 23 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 2
TEAM 200 20-62 6-7 20-39 6 11 51
FG%:32.3 FT%: 85.7 3-point FG: 5-20,250 (Coleman 2-4,
Sims1-5, Grady1-3, Smith1-1, Harris 0-2, Lee 0-1, Morris 0-1,
Wright 0-3). Blocks: 9 (Sims 3, Udoh 3, Gibson 2, Grady).
Steals: 5 (Harris, Lee, Smith, Udoh, Wright). Tumovers:13
(Coleman 3, Gibson 2, Harris 2, Sims 2, Smith 2, Lee, Wright)
By DAN FELDMAN
Daily Sports Writer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard
coach Tommy Amaker, who for the
previous six years was Michigan coach
Tommy Amaker, faced the potentially
uncomfortable task of greeting his old
team Saturday NOTEBOOK
But because of
lucky timing, Amaker could welcome
his old friends without fans and media
Amaker bumped into the Wolver-
ines as they entered Lavietes Pavilion
and said hello to everyone he could.
That included the players, radio crew,
managers, coaches and even their
"They kind of said to me, 'Hey, it
looks like you're doing it all up here.
You're even greeting people at the
door,' "Amaker said.
He missed sophomore center Ekpe
Udoh but shook his hand during pre-
game warmups. After the Boston Col-
lege game Wednesday, Michigan coach
John Beilein said he would not address
the Amaker issue with his team.
ALMOST AS BIG AS YALE: Hosting
the Wolverines, a Big Ten team with a
strong alumni base in the area, Har-
vard saw quite a passionate crowd Sat-
The atmosphere was electric as
2,050 fans packed Lavietes Pavilion,
about a third of them with Michigan
allegiance, to see Amaker's new team
take on his old one.
Michigan was one of Harvard's
more expensive home games in the
Crimson's two-tiered pricing system
and the only home game listed as tele-
vised on Harvard's schedule
"When ESPNU comes to Harvard,
that's a pretty big deal," Crimson cap-
tain Brad Unger said. "It has to be
the first time in Harvard history. For
something like that to happen, every-
body realizes it's a pretty big deal and a
pretty cool thing."
As both cheering sections seemed
to compete with each other - "Let's-
go-Blue" cowbelling vs. "We've got
Tommy" chants - the Crimson Cra-
zies got the last laugh, rushing the
court after the game.
"For our kids, and our program, I'm
proud,". Amaker said. "I'm proud for
our student body, who showed up here
in full force. To have a chance for us to
have our place filled, and to build on
this, will be big for us. Hopefully, we
Even though the atmosphere was
unique for Harvard - one Crimson
player said professors were even talk-
ing about the game last week, which
he said is completely unheard of - the
Wolverines weren't unsettled.
Player MIN FG - FT REB
M-A M-A O-T
Harris 34 3-9 3-4 4-8 5 2 9
Magnarelli 37 5-9 1-2 3-7 2 1 11
Housman 35 2-6 3-4 2-6 2 2 8
Lin 35 4-13 0-0 1-6 5 3 9
Pusar 25 5-11 2-2 5-7 2 1 12
McGeary 22 4-8 0-0 0-0 0 1 11
unger 9 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 0 2
carey 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
TEAM 200 24-59 9-13 18-41 17 10 62
FG%: 40.7 FT%: 75.0 3-point FG: 5-18, .278 (McGeary
3-7, Housman 1-2, Lin 1-6, Pusar 0-2, Unger 0-1). Blocks:
5 (Harris 3, Magnarelli 2). Steals: 7 (Housman 3, Carey,
Lin, Magnarelli, Pusar). Turnovers: 9 (Harris 2, Housman
2, Lin 2, Carey, Magnarelli, Pusar).
Harvard................. 28 34 - 62 At: Lavietes Pavillion
Michigan............22 29 - 51 Attendance: 2,050
GP Min Pts R I A
EMMA NOLAN ABRAHAMIAN/Daily
Former Michigan coach and current Harvard coach Tommy Amaker was all smiles after his Crimson squad upset the Wolverines Saturday, It
was Michigan's fifth loss in six games since beginning the season 2-0.
"We're Michigan," Udoh said. thought this was an area that could be as they went to the bench during their
"Everybody's going to go hard. Every a strong area for Michigan," Amaker lowest-scoring game of the season.
team is going to try to go at your heads. said. "That was the thought behind "I think that sometimes we've had
It was expected. It just wasn't our it, in addition to the great Harvard good shots and passed them up to take
night." name." tougher shots," Beilein said.
The series with the Crimson was Now on the Crimson sideline, Michigan, which went 20-for-62
scheduled while Amaker was at Michi- Amaker still sees value in the game. (.323) from the field, didn't make things
gan. The Wolverines beat Harvard 82- "It's hard to get teams like a Michi- any easier on itself, failing to capitalize
50 at Crisler Arena last year. gan to come to places like this," Amak- on numerous fastbreak opportunities,
"We thought this area's an out- er said. "We're grateful that this was scoring just four points in transition.
standing area for our alums, as you able to take place." Beilein said the Wolverines haven't
could tell here tonight, a good recruit- NOT SO SHARPSHOOTING: Beilein done any three-on-two or two-on-one
ing base because we had a few kids that repeatedly seemed to scold various drills in about eight days because of
we recruited from here, so we always Wolverines about their shot selection limited practice time.
Harris 8 31.3 16.6 4.3 3.1
Sims 8 24.5 12.4 4.1 0.8
Coleman 8 32.8 7.4 5.5 2.3
Grady 8 22 7.0 1.4 2.6
Gibson 8 17.3 6.1 3.6 0.3
udoh 8 22.8 5.4 3.3 0.5
Smith 5 13.2 4.0 2.0 1.2
Wright 8 17.8 2.9 3.4 0.8
Lee 8 8.6 2.0 1.4 0.8
Morris 8 9.3 1.3 1.0 0.4
Shepherd 7 5.7 1.1 1.0 0
Merritt 2 2.0 0 0.5 0
Block 1 1.0 0 0.0 0
o 0 o o
From page 1B
Getting outrebound by a team that boasts a starting line
without a true center and three guards under 6-foot-2 isn't
Having an assist-to-turnover ratio of.46 when your system
emphasizes ball control isn't fun.
Allowing a team that doesn't start a senior to finish with
17 assists against just nine turnovers isn't fun. Letting six
players, none of whom are on scholarship, score at least eight
points isn't fun.
So what does that leave?
A loss that - although no one in the Michigan locker room
would admit it - is embarrassing.
Amaker maintained the win was great for Harvard, but it
had no personal ramifications for him.
Even so, the "We've got Tommy" chants from the Crimson
Crazies before they rushed the court must have given him
And even though the Wolverines maintained this was just
another game, the post-game locker room vibe was particu-
Players struggled to explain the loss. Many couldn't even
lift their heads to respond.
Maybe they were too tired to talk. Beilein wasn't trying to
make excuses, but he said fatigue may have caught up to the
Wolverines, playing their fifth game in11 days.
Michigan (3-5), trailing 37-26 with 15 minutes left in the
game, put together an 11-0 run sparked by the dribble drives
of freshman guard Manny Harris, who led the team with 13
After the Wolverines surged to knot the game at 51 with
3:38 left, Michigan didn't seem to have any gas left in its tank.
An unintimidated Harvard squad closed the game on an 11-0
run of its own, scoring on fastbreak lay-ups.
"(The Wolverines) are just regular dudes," Crimson for-
ward Evan Harris said. "They lace up their shoes the same
way. They tie their shorts. They're not super people out there
As Harvard (4-4) capped off its game-ending run, Beilein
sat at the end of the Michigan bench, clenching his hands
together as he stared at the ground.
Even with his preseason proclamation, the first-year coach
could never have imagined such a low as a loss to Harvard.
Now the Wolverines, who have lost three in a row and five
of their last six, have to hope it doesn't get worse.
From page 1B
begins relying on the finger twirl.
Now the "Tommy Twirl" is giving anoth-
er school reason to hope. The Crimson faith-
ful stormed the court. Things are looking
up for the Harvard program, and the sky's
The Harvard has already sold out the rest
of its home games. Dickie V. has already
sworn off Duke and has anointed Harvard
as his new favorite team.
ESPN has already promised to show
the rest of the Crimson's home games on
Everyone is catching the fever.
So as the court flooded with elated stu-
dents thrilled to be proud of something.
other than their SAT scores, I pulled aside
a student to find out just how big this win
"We don't get many Division I big-time
programs to our house," Harvard freshman
Anthony Spadafino said. "To be able to upSet
a team like that at home is huge."
I envy you Mr. Spadafino.
Without a single senior starter, Amaker
will mold your team into an Ivy League
powerhouse. With Amaker's reputation of
developing talent, not only are conference
championships in your future, but NCAA
Tournament berths are as well.
As for Wolverine Nation, it's panic time in
Hey, Beilein is a great guy, but I don't
think he's quite up to the task of developing
Winning at least 20 games in a season
with six different teams is no sign of prog-
How about losing one game at Harvard?
Isn't that bad enough to erase 30 seasons of
And it's great he can draw up 17,000 dif-
ferent plays for his offense, including ones
that can score a basket off an inbound.
Amaker needs just one play - the finger
And that will be the lasting image from
The Crimson storming down the court,
led by their fearless leader and his index
finger, delivering a knockout blow to the
- Bosch knows this was just one
game. It's called sarcasm. He can be
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Be sure to check out our blog, The Game, where
you'll get the latest information on the football
team's continuing search to replace Lloyd Carr.
Sophomore DeShawn Sims had 12 points against Harvard, but shot a
dismal 4-for-17 from the field.