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Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s goal, tied the game 3-3 on a …

Coach K goes for 1,000th career win at St. John’s

Friday, January 23, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski is on the verge of yet another coaching milestone. The Duke coach will become the first men’s coach in Division I history with 1,000 wins on Sunday if his fifth-ranked Blue Devils beat St. John’s. That milestone could come in the same arena where three seasons ago he became the winningest men’s coach in college basketball’s top tier. …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst (12-4). David George added 16 points, while Jacob Nabatoff and Michael …

UMass notebook: Minutemen lacking in the chemistry department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Following UMass’ 62-56 loss to Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, Derrick Gordon admitted that the team’s chemistry is contributing to its struggles. “We have to come together. There’s a little bit of separation right now to be honest. …

Shooting woes plague UMass in 62-56 loss at Saint Joseph’s

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — After an ugly offensive performance by both teams for 35 minutes, Saint Joseph’s shooting picked up and UMass’ disappeared all together. The Minutemen allowed nine straight points in crunch time and couldn’t recover in a 62-56 …

Tuesday’s colleges: Forbasaw Nkamebo with game-winner overtime layup for Westfield State

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Junior center Forbasaw Nkamebo (Amherst) made a game-winner layup at the buzzer as the Westfield State women’s basketball team beat Worcester State, 67-65, in overtime at Nichols College in Dudley, Tuesday. Nkamebo finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Owls (12-4, 4-0 MASCAC). Salve Regina 66, …

Stopping DeAndre Bembry key for UMass vs. St. Joseph’s

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — If Saint Joseph’s was having a good year, sophomore DeAndre Bembry would be a favorite for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and maybe even All-America honors. The 6-foot-6 sophomore guard leads the Hawks in everything. …

Matt Vautour: Gonzaga built for deep NCAA tournament run

Monday, January 19, 2015

In most years one of the best ways to guarantee you won’t win your NCAA tournament pool is to pick Gonzaga to go deep. Since their Cinderella run to the regional final in 1999, the Zags have been …

Pac-12 has logjam atop conference with 3 unbeatens

Monday, January 19, 2015

Quick quiz: Which conference has three teams still unbeaten in conference play heading into Monday night? Hint: It’s not the SEC, ACC, Big Ten or Big 12. It’s the Pac-12. Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State all sit …

Unbeaten Kentucky, Virginia stay 1-2 atop AP Top 25 poll

Monday, January 19, 2015

Kentucky got back to the dominant form it had to start the season, while Virginia stayed with the defensive-minded formula that carried it to last year’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship. That was good enough to keep both teams …

Weekend colleges: Amherst women respond after first loss

Monday, January 19, 2015

Just hours after suffering its first defeat of the season, the No. 3 Amherst College women’s basketball team bounced back to beat Bates 82-47 Saturday in Lewiston, Maine. Ali Doswell scored 17 points with five rebounds and four assists for the Jeffs (15-1, 3-1 NESCAC). Hannah Peterson had …

Jefferson leads No. 2 UConn women to 92-50 win over USF

Sunday, January 18, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — The UConn Huskies continue to turn their conference games into easy wins. Moriah Jefferson scored 15 points, added seven assists and grabbed six rebounds as the Huskies routed South Florida 92-50 on Sunday. So far …

Late offensive boards lift UMass over Rams

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — With 59 seconds left in UMass’ 60-56 win over Rhode Island, Maxie Esho bulled his way to the basket to track down the rebound of Trey Davis’ missed 3-point try to earn UMass a fresh shot …