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Matt Vautour: Rashaan Holloway shows potential, inexperience as UMass basketball searches for post answers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. Derek Kellogg was reluctant to turn to Rashaan Holloway early in Saturday’s 69-53 loss to Richmond, as the UMass coach faced the same dilemma he has all year. The freshman big man can be the Minutemen’s best offensive option inside, but his size, which is officially listed at 6-foot-11, 335 pounds, makes it hard for him to keep up with more athletic big men, like Richmond has, and …

UMass can’t solve Richmond zone, falls on the road, 69-53

Saturday, February 6, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond’s new defensive style ended its recent struggles and restarted UMass’ at the same time. The Minutemen never got on track offensively and fell 69-53 on Saturday at the Robins Center. Richmond has played a 2-3 matchup zone mixed with man-to-man since Chris Mooney was hired in 2005. The matchup is different enough to require extra preparation for most opponents. …

No. 9 Boston University hockey knocks UMass out early

Friday, February 5, 2016

Amherst — The ninth-ranked Boston University ice hockey team found the UMass net 57 seconds into the game. Another 1:46 passed until the Terriers scored again. UMass coach John Micheletto pulled Henry Dill at that point, but Nic Renyard let another puck in 2:06 later. The Minutemen trailed by at least two goals for 57:17 of a 6-3 loss to BU on Friday …

UMass tackle Tyrell Smith ready to pursue pro career

Thursday, January 21, 2016

With three years of starting under his belt and his degree within reach this semester, Tyrell Smith didn’t want to wait any longer to pursue his NFL dream. UMass’ 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior offensive tackle declared himself eligible for …

UMass looks to put its losing streak and Boston College coach Jerry York’s milestone on ice

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — In terms of history, Friday’s hockey game between UMass and Boston College is legendary Eagles coach Jerry York’s second bid for career win No. 1,000. For the Minutemen, the 7 p.m. game at the Mullins Center is simply a chance to get win No. 8 and …

UMass’ new walk-on guards Rayshawn Miller and Chris Lydon eager to help out

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s newest walk-ons Chris Lydon and Rayshawn Miller will make their Mullins Center debuts Saturday in the Minutemen’s noon game vs. Saint Louis. The guards won’t likely play unless the score is lopsided late in the game, but coach Derek Kellogg has …

Star Wars fanatic Tyler Bergantino is excited about UMass’ Saturday promotion

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — Tyler Bergantino won’t be among those dressed up for the Star Wars Day promotion for UMass’ game with Saint Louis (Saturday, noon Mullins Center), but not because he doesn’t have the necessary apparel. There will be in-game promotions with chances to win merchandise and UMass is …

Notebook: UMass freshman Malik Hines breaks foot, season likely over

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — UMass can’t seem to keep a full roster for long. Days after Antwan Space returned to the roster in December, Zach Coleman injured his knee. Now days after Coleman returned Saturday, Malik Hines is out, likely for the year. The freshman big man suffered a stress …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kennedy Guest-Pritch, Lauren Bindo lead Smith past Mount Holyoke

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kennedy Guest-Pritch and Lauren Bondi would have tied Mount Holyoke on their own. Guest-Pritch scored 16 points, and Bondi had 15 points as the Smith College women’s basketball team beat the Lyons 80-31 Wednesday in Northampton. Thirteen Pioneers found the net in the win. Smith (7-9, 4-4 NEWMAC) …

Zach Coleman hopes to contribute for UMass men’s basketball down the stretch

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AMHERST — UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg hopes that at some point Zach Coleman can pick up where he left off. Healthy is a relative term with Coleman, who has battled injuries to both knees and his …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst women cruise past Farmingdale State, 70-32

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Amherst College women’s basketball team took care of Farmingdale State, 70-32, on the road Tuesday. Ali Doswell had 15 points, while Marley Giddins scored 11 for the Lord Jeffs (16-0). Jackie Nagle (14 rebounds) and Maeve McNamara came off the bench and scored 14 and 10 points, …

Seven UMass football players leave program

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A.J. Doyle was the first recruit for UMass as an FBS program. Lorenzo Woodley was Charley Molnar’s biggest recruiting coup. Neither will be finishing their college football careers as Minutemen. UMass spokeswoman Molly O’Mara told the Maroon Musket, which first reported the roster changes, that Doyle and Woodley, …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel under a microscope at Shrine Game

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blake Frohnapfel played it cool. Growing up, he was a big Brady Quinn fan when the quarterback was starring at Notre Dame. But when the UMass quarterback found out that Quinn would be his position coach at the …