Sampson Carter hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to give UMass a 67-64 victory over Harvard in a Tuesday morning game in Amherst, part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.
UMass (1-0) scored the game's final eight points. On the winning basket, point guard Chaz Williams drove down the right side of the paint and drew the defense over. He then fired a pass under the basket to Carter, who was wide open in front of the UMass bench. Carter calmly nailed the trey, and the game ended as a last-second heave by Harvard (1-1) came up well short.
UMass tied the score when Jesse Morgan hit a long 3-pointer with 38.8 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Harvard turned over the ball bringing it up the court, setting up Carter's winning shot.
Morgan led UMass with 19 points, while Williams had 12 points and 10 assists. Raphiael Putney added 13 points, and Cady Lalanne contributed nine points, 13 rebounds and four of UMass' 11 blocked shots.
Wesley Saunders scored 18 points for Harvard, while freshman point guard Siyani Chambers had 14 points and seven assists. Chambers was impressive in his first Division 1 game, turning over the ball only once. His teammates, however, struggled with UMass' fullcourt pressure, as Harvard finished 19 turnovers. UMass also struggled to protect the ball, turning it over 17 times.