AMHERST -- Sampson Carter's 3-point basket at the buzzer broke a tie and gave the University of Massachusetts a 67-64 win over Harvard on Tuesday morning at the Mullins Center in the season opener for both teams.
The Minutemen led by as many as 10 points in the first half but trailed by five with 1:21 to play in the game. Jesse Morgan hit a jumper and tied the game with a trey from about 30 feet with 39 seconds left.
UMass point guard Chaz Williams turned over Harvard's Christian Webster with 28 seconds left and off the inbounds drove to the basket. As time was running down, the defense collapsed on Williams, and the point guard got the last of his eight assists by kicking the ball into the left corner for Carter. Carter's third shot of the game swished through the net as the horn sounded, giving UMass the win. Those were Carter's only points of the game.
"I thought [the win] was big," said UMass coach Derek Kellogg. "I like to learn about your team from winning, obviously. To be able to start off with a victory in a home game where you want to win your home games, take care of business and keep your fans excited, I think was big for the program."
Morgan came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points. Raphiael Putney had 13 points while Williams had 12 points and 10 assists for a double-double. Sophomore center Cady Lalanne just missed a double-double as he pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and scored nine points.
Wesley Saunders had 18 points to lead Harvard. Siyani Chambers had 14 points and seven assists.