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Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s basketball drops NESCAC final in OT

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team missed out on winning its fourth straight NESCAC Tournament title Sunday in Hartford, losing in overtime to Wesleyan 74-70. Eric Conklin (seven rebounds) scored a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds for Amherst. Jayde Dawson (game-high five assists) had 14 points, while Jacob Nabatoff (team-high nine boards) had 12 points and Johnny McCarthy 10. Amherst 76, Bowdoin 56 — Dawson’s career-high 21 points guided …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like the senior big man’s slump was going to continue on his 24th birthday as he …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 seconds left and the Minutemen clinging to a three-point lead, the Mullins Center crowd of …

Melee after Kansas State’s upset puts spotlight on safety

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. — More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State’s stunning upset of rival Kansas, they …

No 1. UConn routs Tulane 94-47

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 21 points and No. 1 UConn beat Tulane 94-47 on Monday night. The Huskies (27-1, 16-0 American Athletic Conference) used a 3-pointer by Morgan Tuck right before the half to take …

UMass faces easiest schedule among A-10 tournament bye contenders

Monday, February 23, 2015

When Atlantic 10 teams start arriving in Brooklyn in less than a month, only VCU will be confident that no matter what it does in the conference tournament, it will be in the NCAA tournament. Everyone else either needs a deep run or to win the A-10 tournament …

Top 7 teams, led by Kentucky, still entrenched in AP Top 25

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kentucky is No. 1 in the latest Associated Press Top 25, extending its season-long streak at the top of the rankings. The Wildcats are not the only team locked into place. For the sixth straight week, the same …

Northwestern enters women’s poll for first time in 19 years

Monday, February 23, 2015

Northwestern’s long drought outside of the Top 25 has finally come to an end. The Wildcats are back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in 19 years after entering the rankings at No. 25 on Monday. “It’s good to be relevant again,” Northwestern …

Weekend colleges: UMass wins men’s Atlantic 10 swimming championship; Minutewomen second

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The UMass swimming and diving program had a strong weekend at the Atlantic 10 championships in Geneva, Ohio. The men’s team won its 15th conference title with 589.5 points Sunday. The Minutemen came from behind and edged St. Bonaventure (569). The Minutewomen took second with 498 points. Richmond …

Matt Vautour: It’s all about the Atlantic 10 tournament now

Sunday, February 22, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. Any at-large bid talk is pretty much over. There was a brief glimmer of hope after six straight wins. But getting dominated by Rhode Island put the Minutemen on the ropes and Saturday’s loss to VCU …

UMass notebook: Reserve Demetrius Dyson sparks Minutemen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — For many players, especially guards, when they play at VCU for the first time, the combination of the crowd noise and the Rams’ relentless pressure can be overwhelming. Trey Davis struggled badly at VCU in …

UMass comes up short in 78-72 loss at No. 25 VCU

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Early in the first half it looked like the UMass basketball team might get blown out. Early in the second half it looked like the Minutemen might upset No. 25-ranked VCU. But at the end …

Friday’s colleges: Providence storms back to ice UMass in overtime

Friday, February 20, 2015

The UMass hockey team was eight seconds away from beating No. 12 Providence Friday. But the Friars tied the game late then won in overtime to skate away with a 3-2 victory in Providence. Shane Walsh and Zack LaRue each scored for UMass (9-20-2, 4-15-1 Hockey East), which …