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JERREY ROBERTS
Trey Davis, left, of UMass, drives to the basket against VCU, Thursday at the Mullins Center. In the background, Tyler Bergantino, left, of UMass, handles Mo Alie-Cox, of VCU.

UMass holds on to stun VCU, 69-63

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — When Zach Coleman’s second free throw pinged off the rim with 24 seconds left and UMass clinging to a three-point lead, he and Tyler Bergantino leapt into traffic. The ball crowd-surfed above the swarm of eager hands for a few moments before Coleman, with a well-timed leap, batted it out to Trey Davis behind the 3-point line. Forced to foul, VCU sent Davis to the line. The Minuteman guard only made 1 of 2, but it stretched their lead to two possessions. VCU never scored again as UMass hung on to upset the Rams, 69-63, Thursday at the Mullins Center. “Honestly, I was …

Breanna Stewart participating at US women’s hoop training camp

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UConn senior Breanna Stewart is taking a break from her season to participate in a three-day training camp for the U.S. women’s national basketball team. Stewart, who has guided the No. 1 Huskies to an undefeated season, is the only college athlete among the 16 players competing. She won’t miss any games, with …

UMass softball looking to overcome early bumps before conference play begins

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UMass softball coach Kristi Stefanoni is ready for the early bumps that await her team. It’s a young and largely inexperienced team that she’ll take south this weekend to open the season. “We’re looking small, mighty and scrappy,” she said. “The first two tournaments are going to be about putting things together and seeing where we are because we’re so young. We have …

UMass women’s lacrosse opens season with high standards

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The UMass women’s lacrosse team needs to have quite the season for coach Angela McMahon to keep up with the success standards in her own house. Her husband, Amherst College men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone, led Amherst to a Division III national championship in the fall. “It was …

Celtics rally late, overtake Clippers in overtime 139-134

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — The way the Boston Celtics are scoring right now, they may want to try bottling a little of it before they leave for the All-Star break. Whatever it is, it has the Celtics looking like a …

Wednesday’s colleges: La Salle sinks UMass women’s basketball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kymber Hill has 15 points and 12 rebounds but the UMass women’s basketball team fell, 66-57, to La Salle, Wednesday in Philadelphia. Maggie Mulligan added six points and seven rebounds for the Minutewomen (6-17, 0-11 Atlantic 10). Amy Griffin had 20 points for the Explorers (4-20, 1-10). Clark …

With nation’s best on deck, no time to adjust for UMass men’s lacrosse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — The UMass men’s lacrosse team won’t have to wait long to see how it matches up with some of the nation’s best teams. To avoid the bitter cold predicted for Saturday, the Minutemen’s opener at Army was moved up to Friday at 12:30 p.m. at West …

UMass set to face different but difficult VCU, Thursday at Mullins Center

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — VCU still calls it Havoc. But it’s not quite the same thing. When Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas, he took his trademarked full-court, smothering pressure style with him. New coach Will Wade’s system hounds opponents in the half court instead of end to end. The …

UMass snaps 9-game losing streak with 4-3 OT win over AIC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The UMass coaches and players couldn’t decide if there was more relief or celebration in their locker room following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over American International at the MassMutual Center. After over a month of frustration, any combination of both was plenty welcome for the Minutemen, …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst skates past Salem State

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nine players found the net as the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team blew past Salem State, 10-0, at Orr Rink Tuesday. Erin Martin had two goals and three assists for AC (16-1-3). Caitlyn Ryan, Camille Herzog, Brenna Sullivan, Alex Toupal, Eileen Harris, Molly Connolly, Emma Griese and …

BC beats BU in OT in 1st 1-0 Beanpot game in 64 year history

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — Alex Tuch scored 1:57 into overtime on Monday night, and Boston College beat Boston University for its 20th Beanpot championship in the first 1-0 game in tournament’s 64-year history. The Green Line rivals played a spirited but scoreless three regulation periods, which also included a 30-minute …

Matt Vautour: NCAA needs to stop self-imposed postseason bans

Monday, February 8, 2016

It’s hard to tell what will eventually cause the NCAA to change its policies. But Louisville recent self-imposition of penalties is a reminder that how college sports’ governing body implements punishment is long overdue for an overhaul. In hopes of getting the NCAA to eventually go easy, Louisville …

No. 1 UConn takes top-ranked showdown with 66-54 win

Monday, February 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — UConn coach Geno Auriemma smiled at his three senior starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season. …