Harvard to play for Shootout crown

bbragg@adn.comNovember 29, 2013 

Harvard gets another midnight special.

Playing the late game for the second straight night at the Carrs-Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, the Crimson booked another late-night appearance Friday by stopping Green Bay 76-64 in semifinal action at Sullivan Arena.

The win puts Harvard in Saturday night's championship against TCU. With the tipoff set for 8:30 p.m., the game will mark the Crimson's third game in a row that begins at midnight or later in Cambridge, Mass.

"I'm very happy to be here with Harvard," said Crimson coach Tommy Amaker, who was an assistant coach for Duke's 1995 Shootout championship team. "I recognize the tradition and history of this great tournament. We talked about this coming in and how cool it would be to win this tournament."

Harvard (6-1) scored its final eight points from the free throw line and outscored Green Bay 22-8 in the final seven minutes to take control of a back-and-forth game. When Siyani Chambers went coast-to-coast for a layup that put Harvard ahead 57-56, it was the 12th lead change of the game.

It was also the last.

Chambers, a 6-foot sophomore point guard, scored twice in a 10-0 Harvard run that put the Crimson up 64-56 with 4:01 left. Green Bay (3-2) cut it to five on three Carrington Love free throws, but the next sequence of play doomed the Phoenix.

With his team in the bonus, Harvard's Wesley Saunders drew a foul and hit both free throws to make it 66-59 with 3:26 to go. The Crimson got the ball right back when Green Bay threw the ball away while trying to bring it upcourt, and Harvard converted on the turnover when Steve Moundou-Missi scored on a put-back.

That made it 68-59 with 2:17 left, leaving Green Bay with unenviable task of playing catchup against a team that was hot from the foul line. The Crimson made all eight of their final foul shots to keep Green Bay at bay.

"I think you saw a Green Bay team that played for 30 minutes," coach Brian Wardle said. "We didn't defend or rebound down the stretch."

Harvard was 21 of 25 from the line. Saunders, who led the Ivy League in scoring last season, led the Crimson with 20 and hit eight of his nine free throws. Laurent Rivard added 17 points, Chambers finished with 12 and Moundou-Missi added 10.

Harvard's 40-28 rebounding advantage included 10 boards from Jonah Travis, nine from Moundou-Missi and seven from Saunders.

Green Bay got a monster game from 5-11 point guard Keifer Sykes, who willed his way to many of his game-high 26 points. Alec Brown and Love each added 12 for the Phoenix. Green Bay shot better from the field than Harvard -- 47.2 percent to 39.7 -- but was hurt by 16 turnovers.


Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.

GREEN BAY (64) -- Fouse 2-3 2-2 6; Mays 1-3 0-0 2; Brown 5-12 0-0 12; Fulton 0-2 0-0 0; Sykes 10-17 4-5 26; Botz 0-0 0-0 0; Humphrey 0-0 0-0 0; Love 4-9 3-4 12; Garrett 2-5 0-0 4; Lowe 1-2 0-0 2. Totals -- 25-53 9-11 64.

HARVARD (76) -- Moundou-Missi 5-11 0-1 10; Casey 2-7 4-4 8; Rivard 5-13 2-2 17; Chambers 5-11 2-3 12; Saunders 6-12 8-9 20; Nesbitt 0-1 0-0 0; Edosomwan 0-1 0-0 0; Travis 2-6 5-6 9; Cummins 0-0 0-0 0; Okolie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 25-63 21-25 76.

Green Bay 34 30 -- 64
Harvard 34 42 -- 76

3-point goals -- Green Bay 5-16 (Brown 2-4; Fulton 0-1; Sykes 2-7; Love 1-4); Harvard 5-15 (Rivard 5-12; Chambers 0-2; Saunders 0-1). Rebounds -- Green Bay 28 ( Brown 6); Harvard 40 (Travis 10). Total fouls -- Green Bay 21; Harvard 12. Fouled Out -- Fouse. Assists -- Green Bay 15 (Love 5); Harvard 12 (Chambers 5). Turnovers -- Green Bay 16 (three with 3); Harvard 10 (three with 2). Blocks -- Green Bay 9 (Brown 3); Harvard 2. Steals -- Green Bay 6 (Foust, Sykes 2); Harvard 7 (Rivard 2). Officials -- Thomson, Corson, Zakarian.

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