SPOKANE, Wash. — Sparty over Smarty. Men vs. Boys. The Michigan State Spartans — selected by the leader of the free world as the team most likely to win the NCAA Tournament — appeared to be toying with Harvard. There were a lot of power moves and breakaway dunks as the Spartans built a 16-point lead early in the second half Saturday night.
And then Harvard scared the you-know-what out of the Big Ten Bullies. There were times when it looked like all 10,000 Men Of Harvard were on the court at the same time as the Crimson made a furious 26-8 run. With 7:12 left, Harvard took a 62-60 lead on a 3-pointer by senior Laurent Rivard. The crowd at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena cheered wildly for the Ivy Leaguers.