Junior guard Branden Dawson led Sparty with 26 points on super-efficient 12-of-15 shooting, while also pulling down 9 boards. Gary Harris also chipped in 18 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals for the East Region’s four-seed.
Harvard mounted a giant comeback mid-way through the second half on the backs of Wesley’s Saunders’s 22 points (including a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line) and a huge double-double from forward Steve Moundou-Missi (11 points and 11 rebounds). After taking their first lead at 62-60 with 7:11 to go in the second half, Tommy Amaker’s squad was unable to withstand the Spartans’ counter-punch, and the Crimson’s upset bid ultimately fell short.
Ted Robinson and Bill Frieder called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.