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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts sophomore forward Seth Berger, third from left, is greeted by teammates after scoring three field goals in a row in the second half of the Minutemen's 79-54 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center on Wednesday.

Notebook: Seth Berger gaining confidence on offense

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger seemed to know his 3-pointer early in the second half was off the mark when it left his hand, so the UMass sophomore forward charged toward the net and got his own rebound. To avoid getting his shot blocked by Northeastern he double-pumped, twisted and flipped the ball up off the backboard and in. Moments later, …

Winding road brings UMass tight end Jean Sifrin close to an NFL career

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Not that long ago, the idea of making a decision regarding the NFL draft would have seemed absurd for Jean Sifrin. But as the tight end’s junior season wraps up at UMass, he’ll soon have to decide whether to return for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. Heading …

Tuesday’s colleges: Vermont ices UMass 3-1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The UMass men’s hockey team dropped its second straight game to Vermont, 3-1, on the road Tuesday night. The Minutemen (3-8-0, 1-7-0 Hockey East) pulled Henry Dill for an extra attacker late in the third period and it worked as Dennis Kravchenko scored with 31 seconds left for UMass’ lone goal. Dill made 25 saves in net. Amherst College 6, St. Michaels 4 …

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 face weekend test with Notre Dame, Florida State in Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — After opening the season with wins against two MAAC teams and a rebuilding Boston College squad, the UMass men’s basketball team figures to face a tougher challenge with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena in …

UMass QB Austin Whipple hoping to improve off of tough first start

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — The saving grace for Austin Whipple is that he’ll get another chance. If his rough outing had been the last game for the season for UMass, the redshirt freshman quarterback would have been forced to spend the offseason with the taste of his three-interception performance in …

After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — After a rare November week off, the UMass hockey team will play three games in five days before Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will host Boston College and Vermont on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Mullins Center …

Chicago PG LuWane Pipkins signs with UMass

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LuWane Pipkins is finally officially a future UMass men’s basketball player. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago signed his National Letter of Intent Monday and UMass officially verified it, Wednesday. “He’s a great addition to our team and family. He’s a guard who can push tempo and really …

Backup QB Austin Whipple, UMass struggle in cold conditions, fall 30-6 to Akron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AKRON, Ohio — It was a tough assignment from the time UMass quarterback Austin Whipple stepped off the bus outside InfoCision Stadium. The redshirt freshman was making his first collegiate start on a foreign field. A steady wind was blowing at approximately 18 mph, dropping the 15-degree temperature …

Commentary: Seth Berger shakes off big mistake to help UMass beat Manhattan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST If UMass hadn’t come back to win in overtime, his late regulation gaffe would have been the defining moment of Seth Berger’s career so far. The sophomore forward, who played far more minutes than he ever had …

UMass outlasts Manhattan, 77-68 in overtime

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight year, UMass gave ESPN some morning drama in its annual Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-hour basketball event. After failing to close out Manhattan in regulation, the Minutemen regrouped and controlled overtime en route …

UMass notebook: 3-point shooting a cause for concern for Derek Kellogg

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — While UMass improved to 3-0 on the season with a 77-68 overtime win Tuesday morning, Manhattan further exposed a weakness that could be significant as the men’s basketball season progresses. After missing all 3-point tries against …

UMass looks to turn up intensity for 11 a.m. tip with Manhattan

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — UMass coach Derek Kellogg kept the intensity of Monday’s practice to a minimum. The Minutemen did video work and walked through a scouting report, but as they prepared to play Manhattan, Tuesday, Kellogg didn’t want to …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel is a game-time decision vs. Akron

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple said quarterback Blake Frohnapfel’s status for Tuesday’s game against Akron won’t be determined until shortly before the 7 p.m. kickoff. “He’s a little better. Every day he’s gotten a little better moving …