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ANCHORAGE — Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s first Great Alaska Shootout championship was just another line item for college basketball powerhouse Duke, for which he was an assistant in the mid-1990s under Mike Krzyzewski. Nearly two decades later, his second victory at Sullivan Arena was a little more significant, another rung climbed by a program on the rise.
With a 71-50 win over TCU in the final Sunday morning, Harvard (7-1) became the first Ivy League team to win in the 36-year history of the Shootout, joining a list of champions that includes Kentucky, UCLA, and Kansas.
“To have a chance to play the way we played for three games and to win this tournament, we’re very, very proud,” Amaker said. “It’s something we’ll hang on to for a lifetime.”