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Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s basketball team falls 69-60 to Dayton

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team fell 69-60 at Dayton on Thursday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Kim Pierre-Louis added 17 points and seven rebounds. Cierra Dillard chipped in with 14 points for the Minutewomen (10-17, 4-11 Atlantic 10). Westfield State 79, Framingham State 65 — Forbasaw Nkamebo (Amherst) had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Owls (22-4) advanced to Saturday’s MASCAC championship with the win …

Notebook: UMass seeks ESPN’s help in filling out 2016 football schedule

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — While UMass searches for a new athletic director, the school is set to utilize the services of ESPN’s Dave Brown to help fill the 2016 football schedule. UMass needs to add at least three home games for that season. According to athletic department sources, the school has approached the ESPN vice …

No. 1 Kentucky stands at 28-0, tops Mississippi St., 74-56

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. — On a roster full of superstars, top-ranked Kentucky’s Trey Lyles often is an afterthought. At least for one night, the 6-foot-10 freshman gave a glimpse of how important he could be for the Wildcats in their quest for an undefeated season and national championship. Lyles scored a career-high 18 points …

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 …

Top-ranked Kentucky still unbeaten but having to work harder

Monday, February 9, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Top-ranked Kentucky keeps racking up victories and is now just two away from matching the best start in program history. The unbeaten Wildcats hope their pursuit for perfection restores some of their swagger as well. …

Matt Vautour: Atlantic 10 up for grabs

Monday, February 9, 2015

It wasn’t long ago that VCU seemed like a lock to win the Atlantic 10 regular season crown, and for someone else to win the conference tournament they would have to pull off a pretty good upset. But with Briante Weber done for the season and Traveon Graham’s …

Kentucky unanimous No. 1 in AP poll for second straight week

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the second straight week. No shock there. The Wildcats are the only undefeated Division I team left in college basketball. The surprise, at least maybe …

North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith dies at 83

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dean Smith was more than simply a basketball coach. Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men’s history after capturing two national titles along with the 1976 Olympic gold medal and …

UMass learning to peak at right time of season

Sunday, February 8, 2015

AMHERST — A year ago after starting the season 16-2, the UMass men’s basketball team stumbled down the stretch, going 8-7 in its final 15 games. Entering this season, the Minutemen said they hoped to avoid peaking too early again. So far they’ve delivered. After opening the year …