Amaker Defeats Old Club 62-51

Freshman Manny Harris led the scoring in another Michigan basketball game, but the Wolverines fell to 3-5 on the season coming up on the short end of the stick again, this time a 62-51 setback at the hands of former coach Tommy Amaker and his Harvard team at the Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday night.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Michigan Wolverines fell to 3-5 on the new season at the hands of former head coach Tommy Amaker and his Harvard Crimson on Saturday night at the Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Mass.

Freshman guard Manny Harris led all scorers with 13 points, but the Wolverines dropped an 11-point decision to the home team by the tune of 62-51 to fall two games below .500 for the first time of the 2007 season.

"They had a great game plan," Beilein said. "Tommy did a great job of preparing his team and we obviously showed we have a lot to work on," Beilein said following the game.

In the opening minutes Harvard opened up a 6-4 lead and never looked back. Sandwiched around the first two Michigan buckets, five Crimson shooters found the bottom of the net as Harvard climbed to an 18-8 lead before Michigan head coach John Beilein was forced to use his timeout.

Michigan crawled back within two following the timeout. Back-to-back-to-back buckets from Ron Coleman and Anthony Wright shaved the Crimson lead to 20-18.

As what would eventually become the case for the rest of the night, however, Harvard held off the Maize and Blue charge.

Responding to the run, Amaker's club pushed the lead back to 10 points with an 8-0 run that included holding the Wolverines scoreless for just under six minutes.

DeShawn Sims and Jerret Smith each netted a triple in the final 49 seconds to make the score 28-22 Harvard at the half.

Harvard opened the second half with the first four points to extend the lead back to 32-22.

Shortly after, the teams traded buckets until the first media timeout.

Harris and DeShawn Sims, who finished with 12 points of his own, combined for the first nine points out of the timeout, and with just over 12 minutes left, the Wolverines took their first lead on a Ron Coleman basket to make it 38-37.

Michigan extended the lead to its biggest of the game at 46-42 with a Ron Coleman triple with 8:48 left, but Harvard scored seven straight to climb back on top.

DeShawn Sims would give U-M one last bucket to draw the Wolverines within striking distance, but Harvard held Michigan off the scoreboard for the final 3:37 in the 62-51 loss.

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