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Bigger, deeper UMass set for depleted, yet thriving Dayton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — It’s almost hard to fathom. Dayton has no size, no depth and almost no losses. Despite injuries and dismissals, few opponents have been able to derail the 16-3 Flyers (6-1 Atlantic 10), who play UMass at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. Coming off last year’s surprise run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, expectations were high for Dayton, but those expectations were increasingly tempered …

UMass football notebook: Assistant Marcel Shipp named New York Jets running backs coach

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tight end Jean Sifrin isn’t the only Minuteman headed to the NFL. The New York Jets announced Tuesday that they had hired UMass all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp to be their new running backs coach. Shipp held the same role for UMass in 2014. It will be a return home for Shipp, who is from Paterson, New Jersey. He was an intern with …

Brandon Montour, youth key UMass hockey team’s second-half turnaround

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — It would be a mistake to credit all of the UMass hockey team’s recent improvement to the midseason arrival of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour. No one player, other than maybe a goalie, could turn a whole team around. But it’s not a coincidence either that the Minutemen are a better hockey …

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

UMass basketball notebook: Forward Seth Berger might be from Seattle, but he’s rooting for the Patriots

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — Seth Berger is not a Seahawks fan. Yes the sophomore forward on the UMass men’s basketball team is a football fan and yes he’s from Seattle. But he isn’t part of the 12th man and doesn’t root for the Legion of Boom. In fact he cheers …

Matt Vautour: UMass loss is Temple’s NCAA gain

Monday, January 26, 2015

Even as the UMass men’s basketball team was reaching the Top 25 and eventually the NCAA tournament last year, it was always tempting to wonder how much better it could they have been if Jesse Morgan was still …

Weekend college recaps: UMass men’s hockey tops No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Behind Dennis Kravchenko’s two goals, the UMass men’s hockey team defeated No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1, at home Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather. The two sides settled for a 4-4 draw on Friday night to spilt the weekend series. Dominic …

Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and …

UMass notebook: Minutemen lacking in the chemistry department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Following UMass’ 62-56 loss to Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, Derrick Gordon admitted that the team’s chemistry is contributing to its struggles. “We have to come together. There’s a little bit of separation right now to be honest. …

Shooting woes plague UMass in 62-56 loss at Saint Joseph’s

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — After an ugly offensive performance by both teams for 35 minutes, Saint Joseph’s shooting picked up and UMass’ disappeared all together. The Minutemen allowed nine straight points in crunch time and couldn’t recover in a 62-56 …

Stopping DeAndre Bembry key for UMass vs. St. Joseph’s

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — If Saint Joseph’s was having a good year, sophomore DeAndre Bembry would be a favorite for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and maybe even All-America honors. The 6-foot-6 sophomore guard leads the Hawks in everything. …

Matt Vautour: Gonzaga built for deep NCAA tournament run

Monday, January 19, 2015

In most years one of the best ways to guarantee you won’t win your NCAA tournament pool is to pick Gonzaga to go deep. Since their Cinderella run to the regional final in 1999, the Zags have been …

Late offensive boards lift UMass over Rams

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — With 59 seconds left in UMass’ 60-56 win over Rhode Island, Maxie Esho bulled his way to the basket to track down the rebound of Trey Davis’ missed 3-point try to earn UMass a fresh shot …