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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

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 SLU a year ago in Amherst. The door was open for another heartbreaker when Austin Gillmann got free for an open 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and the Minutemen up by two. But his potential game winner kicked high off the rim and bounced toward the free-throw line. UMass guard Derrick Gordon …

Short turnaround before road trip of UMass hoops

Friday, January 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS — The UMass men’s basketball team won’t get much time to celebrate Thursday’s win over Dayton, or correct any of the problems it survived in that game, as the Minutemen will take on Saint Louis, Saturday at 4 p.m. at Chaifetz Arena. UMass was scheduled to fly earlier in the day Friday, but its flight was postponed until the evening. UMass …

UMass notebook: Trey Davis leaves late following collision on screen

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — As walked off the court helped along by athletic trainer Dave Maclutsky and team doctor Pierre Rouzier, UMass junior guard Trey Davis’ immediate future appeared to be in doubt. Davis spent the final seconds of UMass’ 66-64 win over Dayton in the locker room. With 3 seconds left, he was trying …

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 …

UMass pulls away late, ices New Hampshire for 6-4 win

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — At some point the brown faux suede thing on Shane Walsh’s head Friday probably looked like a tri-cornered hat, the traditional headwear of the original minutemen from Massachusetts. But what sat atop Walsh’s sweaty hair looked like something that had resided under a pile of knickers …

Friday’s colleges: Tufts deals third-ranked Amherst first women’s basketball loss

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beating Tufts on the road has been a tough assignment for the Amherst College women’s basketball team. The third-ranked Lord Jeffs were nearly doubled up in the second half en route to a 65-42 loss in Medford Friday night. Tufts (13-1, 2-0 NESCAC) outscored Amherst (14-1, 2-1) 33-17 …