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UMass' Maxie Esho (1) throws down a two handed slam dunk in front of Providence's Carson Desrosier (33) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Providence, R.I.

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen had a roster that figured to have a handful of players capable of leading the team in scoring on a given night. But 11 games into the season, after the Minutemen have lost four of their last five games, scoring is one of the problems. It was one of the most glaring ones in Saturday’s 85-65 loss at Providence. But it’s more than just putting the ball …

UMass stumbles in 85-65 loss to Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence assured itself that UMass wouldn’t win at the buzzer again. By the time the buzzer sounded, the game had been well out of hand for quite a while. The Friars dominated just about every available stat category as the Minutemen floundered from the start and fell 85-65, Saturday at …

Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two years and each time the game was decided on the last shot. The first time …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

UMass notebook: AD John McCutcheon says change in president’s office unlikely to affect department

Friday, December 19, 2014

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon didn’t expect the change in the president’s office to alter the course of the athletic department. McCutcheon said during his tenure, UMass President Robert Caret, who is leaving to head the University System of Maryland, and before him Jack Wilson, have left athletic …

UMass women’s basketball team tasting success early

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass women’s basketball team trailed Central Michigan by 13 points with 42 seconds left in its second game of the season. The Minutewomen had been there before. More times than they’d care to remember in …

Stress fracture to sideline UMass’ Seth Berger at least four weeks

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — An MRI on Wednesday revealed a stress fracture in Seth Berger’s left foot. The UMass men’s basketball sophomore forward is expected to be unavailable for at least four weeks. Berger, who started the first eight games …

Northeastern ices UMass 8-3 as Brandon Montour debuts for Minutemen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — If Brandon Montour lives up to the stardom that’s been predicted for him, the 1,080 UMass fans in the Mullins Center Tuesday will be able to say they witnessed his first college game. There isn’t likely …

Without dwelling on mistakes, Demetrius Dyson focuses on helping UMass

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — In the first half of the UMass men’s basketball team’s second game of the season, Demetrius Dyson caught the ball behind the 3-point line, turned and threw a not-crisp-enough pass toward left corner. As Boston College’s …

UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — The expectations on Brandon Montour probably aren’t fair. The 20-year-old freshman hasn’t played in a college hockey game yet and will have had just two practices under his belt when he makes his UMass debut Tuesday …

UMass women’s hoops rolls to win over Holy Cross

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team picked up a 72-61 win over Holy Cross, powered by two 20-point scorers on Sunday. Kim Pierre-Louis scored 27 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Cierra Dillard had 21 points for the …

UMass starts fast, holds on to beat Canisius, 75-58

Saturday, December 13, 2014

AMHERST — If UMass has been a little worse in the first half, the Minutemen might have suffered their fourth straight and most damaging loss this season. If they’d been a little better in the second half, they …

Notebook: Maxie Esho a steady force for UMass

Saturday, December 13, 2014

AMHERST — In UMass’ 75-58 win over Canisius, Saturday, few things in the second half resembled those in the first. The one constant was the play of Maxie Esho. The senior forward had 20 points and nine rebounds, …

Part 46: UMass faces off against Jim Baron when Canisius visits Amherst

Friday, December 12, 2014

AMHERST — The coach on the other sideline Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Mullins Center ought to look familiar even to casual UMass fans. The Minutemen haven’t played Canisius since 1963, but they’re plenty acquainted with its …