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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 …

Matt Vautour: Time for arenas, stadiums to stop playing “Jump Around”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With just over 12 minutes left in UMass’ Jan. 29 win over Dayton, the Flyers called timeout following Tyler Bergantino’s one-handed dunk that put the Minutemen up 52-45. As the teams retreated to their respective benches, the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain began pumping from the …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women’s basketball holds off George Mason in overtime

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team trailed George Mason by seven at halftime, but rallied for an 85-79 overtime win at the Mullins Center Wednesday afternoon. Kim Pierre-Louis had 29 points on 12-for-24 shooting along with eight rebounds in the win. Rashida Timbilla added 17 points, eight rebounds, six …

Key Atlantic 10 upsets give UMass a share of first place

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — While the UMass men’s basketball team celebrated its 55-53 win over St. Bonaventure Wednesday, VCU and La Salle were locked in a tight game in Richmond, Virginia. And while the Minuteman players were doing postgame …

UMass holds off St. Bonaventure for fifth straight win

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — After watching bounces, calls and results go against them in their last two trips to the Reilly Center, the UMass men’s basketball team finally had a reason to celebrate at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen made …

UMass tabs Fran O’Leary as men’s soccer head coach

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UMass announced on Tuesday that Fran O’Leary has been named head coach of the men’s soccer team. O’Leary, 52, has 17 winning campaigns and 234 career victories in 24 years as a college head coach. His teams have …

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, dies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS — He couldn’t stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that …

No. 1 Kentucky survives again, beating LSU 71-69

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Frustrated by the way his undefeated Kentucky Wildcats were playing, coach John Calipari starting fist-pumping facetiously after LSU baskets and told his players he hoped they’d lose. They almost did. But Karl-Anthony Towns redeemed …

UMass streaking into difficult road matchup with St. Bonaventure

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — If the UMass men’s basketball team is going to extend its four-game winning streak, it’s going to have to snap a losing streak at St. Bonaventure. The Reilly Center is one of the toughest places to play in the Atlantic 10. It’s hard to get …

No. 2 UConn women rout No. 1 South Carolina 87-62

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points and Breanna Stewart added 22 to help No. 2 UConn beat top-ranked South Carolina 87-62 on Monday night. Moriah Jefferson had 16 points for the Huskies (23-1), who improved to …

UMass athletic department to welcome interim AD Bob Goodhue

Monday, February 9, 2015

AMHERST — Among the many things the snow cancelled Monday was a meeting to introduce interim athletic director Bob Goodhue to the UMass athletic department. The introduction, which was moved to Tuesday afternoon, was more of a formality …