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Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is the best player in the conference. The league’s coaches might not agree on that unanimously, but the Saint Joseph’s sophomore would get …

Seton Hall ranked again; UConn still No. 1 in women’s AP poll

Monday, March 2, 2015

It’s been an incredible last 24 hours for the Seton Hall women’s basketball team that almost didn’t happen. Coach Tony Bozzella’s squad was faced with a nine-point deficit with 67 seconds left against Butler. Hopes of the first Big East championship in school history and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament were fading quickly. The Pirates had scored just 13 points …

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 men’s poll

Monday, March 2, 2015

The stability of The Associated Press Top 25 these past several weeks blew up during a tumultuous week of big victories and upsets. Kentucky, Division I’s only undefeated team, remained entrenched at No. 1 after two routs. The Wildcats (29-0) were a unanimous choice for the fifth straight week after receiving all 65 first-place votes from a media panel Monday. Two more weeks …

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 …

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 …