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Saint Louis guard Davell Roby has his shot blocked by Massachusetts guard Donte Clark during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Louis. Massachusetts won 60-56. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

Notebook: UMass chancellor says search for next athletic director could take 4-6 weeks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ST. LOUIS — UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said the search to find a replacement for athletic director John McCutcheon, who resigned Thursday to take the same post at California-Santa Barbara, could take as little as four to six weeks and that it will begin in earnest next week. Subbaswamy was in St. Louis to meet with alumni and prospective donors Saturday and attend UMass’ 60-56 win over the Billikens. “From what I have heard of most searches like this in places like ours, it can take from four to six weeks if all the right things fall into place,” he said. “So our hope is …

Weekend colleges: Connor Green leads Amherst past Bowdoin

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Connor Green struck for a season-high 33 points and 12 points as the Amherst College men’s basketball team beat Bowdoin 81-66 in Amherst on Saturday. Johnny McCarthy had 15 points and Jayde Dawson added 10 for the Lord Jeffs (14-5, 4-3 NESCAC). Women’s basketball Wellesley 48, Mount Holyoke 35 — Kate Karraker had 14 points but the Lyons (6-13, 3-7 NEWMAC) fell at …

UMass wrestles away first road win over Saint Louis

Saturday, January 31, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Since Saint Louis joined the Atlantic 10 in 2005, all five trips to the Gateway to the West have ended in disappointment for the UMass basketball team. Most games between the Minutemen and Billikens in any location have been close, but frustrating for UMass, which lost at the buzzer to …

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 …

Zach Coleman sparks UMass past URI, 60-56; plays down the stretch pulled out win

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — At halftime Zach Coleman wasn’t expecting to be a hero. He wasn’t really even expecting to play much in the second half. Coleman, UMass’ backup power forward, had played just two minutes in the first half …