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JERREY ROBERTS
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 …

James Madison and Florida Gulf Coast join women’s poll

Monday, February 16, 2015

It was an incredible weekend for James Madison coach Kenny Brooks. He became the school’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach Sunday when the Dukes beat Delaware for his 303rd win, which moved him past Sheila Moorman. He then …

College basketball team back home after plane engine blowout

Sunday, February 15, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team had to take a bus home to Starkville after an engine failed on the team plane, forcing an emergency landing in St. Louis. The team left suburban Festus …

College weekend recaps: Offensive explosion leads UMass women’s lacrosse to season-opening win

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened the season on a high note, as offense came alive in the season opener, mounting an 18-4 win over UMass Lowell at home Saturday. Hannah Murphy notched a hat trick, while Erika Epp, Nicole Troost, Amy Tiernan, Eileen McDonald and Callie Santos …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling for John Calipari’s Hall of Fame call

Sunday, February 15, 2015

AMHERST — Throughout his postgame press conference Derek Kellogg stayed pretty even-keeled when discussing his team’s 82-74 win over Duquesne Saturday. But when he was asked about John Calipari being named a finalist for induction into the Naismith …

UMass fends off Duquesne for sixth straight win

Sunday, February 15, 2015

AMHERST — When the UMass men’s basketball team was struggling earlier in the season, Trey Davis blamed himself. He wasn’t shooting well enough or leading well enough he reasoned and the Minutemen were falling short because of it. …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey settles for 3-3 tie with No. 16 Lowell

Friday, February 13, 2015

The UMass hockey team held a two-goal lead over No. 16 Lowell in the third period, but the River Hawks rallied for the 3-3 tie at the Mullins Center, Friday. Dennis Kravchenko fed Steven Iacobellis for a short-handed goal six minutes into the third as UMass (9-18-2) took …

UMass men’s basketball looking to avoid letdown against Duquesne

Friday, February 13, 2015

AMHERST — Riding a five-game winning streak that put it in a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 and on the bubble of some national publications’ NCAA tournament projections, the UMass men’s basketball team is suddenly riding high. That could all come crashing down in a …

UMass women’s lacrosse retools as season begins

Friday, February 13, 2015

AMHERST — For the past four seasons Katie Ferris was the on-field face of UMass women’s lacrosse. During her career she rewrote the program’s record book, while helping lead the Minutewomen to new heights. But Ferris and fellow star forward Sam Rush graduated, leaving UMass with holes to …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst beats Lasell in coach Dave Hixon’s 1000th career game

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Johnny McCarthy and David George each had 14 points as the Amherst College men’s basketball team beat Lasell 69-52 Thursday. Connor Green and Jacob Nabatoff each had 10 points. George added 11 rebounds. It was Amherst coach Dave Hixon’s 1,000th game for the Lord Jeffs. The veteran coach …

UMass softball heads to Houston, ready for season’s opening pitch

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — It’s snowed every bit as much on the UMass softball program as it did on everyone else in western Massachusetts over the past several weeks. But despite having most of its practices on the Boyden gymnasium …