ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team overcame a slow start to improve to 5-2 on the season by downing former head coach Tommy Amaker's Harvard Crimson 65-62 on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena.
Stu Douglass led the Wolverines with 19 points and four rebounds while Zack Novak added a double-double with 12 points and a team high 11 boards for Michigan. Darius Morris also had 13 points and five assists for the Wolverines.
Down 32-25 at the half, Michigan saw itself fall in a 12-point hole at 37-25 just 1:46 into the second frame. Stu Douglass snapped the Michigan skid, though, and keyed a 19-1 Michigan run that put Michigan on top 44-38.
Douglass opened Michigan's second half scoring with a three-pointer, then added added a layup and a jumper to help draw Michigan closer. Blake McLimans tied the score 38-38 with a layup as 14:08 remained on the clock, and then Douglass put Michigan back on top with back-to-back threes to make it 44-38 Michigan.
The Crimson answered the Michigan run with an 8-0 surge of their own to climb back on top with 9:55 remaining. Christian Webster connected on a three-pointer to give Harvard what would eventually be its final lead.
Darius Morris and Jordan Morgan answered, though, to put Michigan back on top, and then Zack Novak connected from deep to make it 51-46.
Over the final minutes the teams exchanged scores with Michigan holding onto the final 65-62 victory.
In the first half the Wolverines built a 15-10 lead in the opening minutes before Harvard fought back and claimed a 32-25 halftime lead. U-M up 17-10 at one point, the Crimson held Michigan more then six minutes without a point.
Michigan returns to the court on Monday night to take on the Concordia Cardinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
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