College hoops tip-off marathon: Harvard at Massachusetts live blog

10:00 - Now the fun picks back up a little bit. It would have picked back up full throttle (Charlie's Angels 2) had Crimson senior co-captains Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey not been suspended for the season for their roles in the now infamous Harvard cheating scandal. Chazz Williams and company ought to be too much for the visitors.

Prediction: Massachusetts by 10

Second prediction: This is the last time I write out "Massachusetts" today.

10:14 - Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery calling a 10 a.m. college basketball game is pretty much as close to perfect as a Tuesday morning can get. They're currently ripping on Jay Bilas without any sign of mercy.

10:26 - UMass student section consistently chanting "take home test." Probably not the last time the Crimson are going to hear something along those lines this season. The Minutemen lead it, 19-15.

10:38 - Few players in college basketball are more fun to watch than Chazz Williams. Tremendous instincts, great range, really small; he's got it all.

10:44 - UMass really exploiting Harvard inside on both ends of the floor. Terrrell Vinson and Raphiael Putney both have eight points to lead the Minutemen, who are up 33-25.

10:50 - This is the first I'm hearing about "Chazketball," but I fully support it.

10:55 - Nice to see more college teams embracing the 2-for-1 at the end of the first half. Never made sense not to.

10:57 - Christian Webster buries a trey just before the halftime buzzer to pull Harvard to within 38-37 at the break. The Crimson ended the first half on a 14-5 run. Couldn't be more impressed by their ability to do this without Curry and Casey.

11:21 - We are all tied up at 46. Harvard guard Siyani Chambers leads all scorers with 12 points. Three UMass players have 10. Crowd is dead at the moment.

11:27 - "You got a number of texts and calls from people who were shocked that you were working a 10 a.m. game."--McDonough to Raftery, who then refers to it as a "gentleman's hour." These guys are the best.

11:29 - Williams is good enough to play without screaming at someone after every made shot. It's not endearing. UMass leads 52-48 at the under 12.

11:39 - UMass student section shirt had a bad word on it.

11:42 - Harvard battles bak every single time it looks like UMass is on the verge of building a comfortable lead. A really impressive effort from Tommy Amaker's team. They've scores six straight we're tied at 54 with eight minutes left.

11:49 - Harvard scores eight straight points to take just their second lead of the game. Jesse Morgan has the answer for UMass, and we're tied again at 58.

11:51 - Bad word on shirt.

11:52 - It's still hard to see anyone in the Ivy being better than this Harvard team. They lead it, 60-59.

12:04 - Oh my, a deep three by Morgan ties the score at 64 with 37.6 seconds left. High drama in Amherst.

12:09 - Onions! Sampson Carter hits a shot just before the buzzer to win it for UMass, 67-64. It was his only bucket of the game. Two turnovers in the final minute killed Harvard as they watched the Minutemen scored the contest's final eight points.

A heartbreaker for Harvard, but they're way ahead of where most people thought they would be at this point. A solid early resume win for UMass.

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