Down 16 in the second half against Tom Izzo’s mighty Spartans, Harvard stormed back, capturing the lead and the nation’s attention on Saturday night before ultimately falling short in a 80-73 Round of 32 defeat.
After a subpar first half in which the Spartans’ size and strength proved to be a lot to deal with inside for the Ivy champions, Harvard mounted its comeback. With 7:11 to play, Siyani Chambers found an open Laurent Rivard who calmly knocked down a three, capping a 17-5 run for the Crimson, and giving Harvard its first lead of the game at 62-60. But as great teams do, Michigan State withstood the blow and responded with a run of its own, hitting shot after shot down the stretch to escape.
Wes Saunders had 22 points on 6-14 FG and 10-10 FT to lead the Crimson. Steve Moundou-Missi finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds and was instrumental in the second half comeback. Brandyn Curry’s final game in crimson was a good one, as the senior tallied 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Harvard’s historic season comes to a close with a final record of 27-5.
The next week should be an interesting one for the program as more fuel is added to the “Amaker to BC” rumor blaze.