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Maxie Esho, left, of UMass, drives past Eric Paschall, of Fordham, Saturday at the Mullins Center.

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 had just three points and no rebounds. But in the second half, he appeared to rediscover, at least temporarily, the player that shined early in the season. He played all 20 second-half minutes and had 14 points and eight rebounds. “I was feeling comfortable out there and confident. I was just playing,” …

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 …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey shut out by UConn in regular-season finale

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass hockey team will be the No. 12 seed in next week’s Hockey East playoffs. Friday’s 4-0 loss to Connecticut prevented any chance of moving up in the standings so they’ll play a best-of-three series at the No. 5 seed likely beginning Friday. The Minutemen are idle Saturday, but results from other games will determine which of five teams they end up …

Jeff Gordon to lead the field in his final Daytona 500

Friday, February 20, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a …

UMass notebook: URI AD Thorr Bjorn turns down chance to return to UMass

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — From the moment John McCutcheon’s candidacy for the California-Santa Barbara athletic director job became public knowledge, UMass fans, alumni and even some administrators began speculating on whether Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn might replace …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kim Perre-Louis nets 1,000th career point as UMass beats Davidson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kim Pierre-Louis scored 27 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the UMass women’s basketball team beat Davidson, 60-49, Wednesday at the Mullins Center. Rashida Timbilla added seven points and 15 rebounds, while Pierre-Louis had 11 rebounds. Smith College 45, WPI 40 — Lauren Weston (Florence) had …

UMass falls flat in 75-59 loss to Rhode Island

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. On Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game …

Back at No. 1, Huskies rout Houston 85-26

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn coach Geno Auriemma equates fouls with turnovers and free throws as free points for his team’s opponents. The Huskies committed just eight fouls Tuesday and held a second consecutive opponent without a free-throw attempt …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst rolls past Wesleyan in women’s basketball

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The ninth-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team beat Wesleyan 83-53 in Middletown, Connecticut, Tuesday night to end it regular season. Megan Robertson had 20 points, while Cheyenne Pritchard added 13 off the bench for Amherst (22-2, 8-2 NESCAC). Hannah Hackley and Jackie Nagle each had 10 points in …

UMass, Rhode Island clash in Atlantic 10 first-place showdown

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — UMass and Rhode Island have been playing basketball against each other since 1908. In the 144 meetings, there has rarely been so much on the line as there will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ryan Center. The game will certainly affect the Atlantic 10 …

UMass junior Trey Davis finds his rhythm at the free-throw line

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — Trey Davis doesn’t know what UMass’ record for consecutive free throws is. He doesn’t want to know. Not yet. “Once I beat it, you all can tell me,” the junior guard said shaking his head and …

Matt Vautour: UMass’ NCAA tournament hopes rest with week ahead

Monday, February 16, 2015

When UMass walked off the floor on Jan. 21 after losing to Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, any conversation about the Minutemen in the NCAA tournament would have seemed more than a little ridiculous. But after six consecutive wins, UMass has reached the fringes of contention. For the Minutemen …

Kentucky unanimous No. 1 for third straight week

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kentucky won its two games last week to push its record to 25-0, matching the best start in school history. The Wildcats’ run has sparked debate about whether they can become Division I’s first undefeated team since Indiana in 1976. But before Kentucky closes in on that piece …