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Sami Roe, center, of Hopkins Academy, drives to the basket against Jalen Sanders, left, of Turners Falls, during the Division 4 semi-finals Monday at Curry Hicks Cage. Liam Ellis looks on.

Matt Vautour: Memories stir as a Roe shines at the Cage

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST When he arrived in Massachusetts, Sam’i Roe knew his father had been a good player in college, but he didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of the love affair western Massachusetts had with his father, Lou Roe, during his days at UMass. But since he moved to Hadley from New Jersey, plenty of people have stopped the Hopkins Academy sophomore to tell him how much they loved watching his father play during the Minutemen’s mid-1990s heyday. “When I was younger I didn’t know my dad was a star like that,” Sam’i said. “Everybody tells me about him.” Some of their earliest memories of Lou Roe …

Cady Lalanne, UMass host Richmond in key Atlantic 10 tilt

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — As Cady Lalanne took his mother Bertha and younger sisters Betty and Ashley for a tour around the UMass campus Tuesday, they noticed the attention he received. “My little sisters were like, ‘Everybody is staring at us.’ I told them, ‘You just gotta get used to it,’” Lalanne said. The 6-foot-10 …

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, …

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

UMass 2015 Football Schedule
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated Atlantic 10 Picture
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated look at the A-10 Picture
Sunday, February 22, 2015

UMass faces easiest schedule among A-10 tournament bye contenders

Monday, February 23, 2015

When Atlantic 10 teams start arriving in Brooklyn in less than a month, only VCU will be confident that no matter what it does in the conference tournament, it will be in the NCAA tournament. Everyone else either needs a deep run or to win the A-10 tournament …

Weekend colleges: UMass wins men’s Atlantic 10 swimming championship; Minutewomen second

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The UMass swimming and diving program had a strong weekend at the Atlantic 10 championships in Geneva, Ohio. The men’s team won its 15th conference title with 589.5 points Sunday. The Minutemen came from behind and edged St. Bonaventure (569). The Minutewomen took second with 498 points. Richmond …

Matt Vautour: It’s all about the Atlantic 10 tournament now

Sunday, February 22, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. Any at-large bid talk is pretty much over. There was a brief glimmer of hope after six straight wins. But getting dominated by Rhode Island put the Minutemen on the ropes and Saturday’s loss to VCU …

UMass notebook: Reserve Demetrius Dyson sparks Minutemen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — For many players, especially guards, when they play at VCU for the first time, the combination of the crowd noise and the Rams’ relentless pressure can be overwhelming. Trey Davis struggled badly at VCU in …

UMass comes up short in 78-72 loss at No. 25 VCU

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Early in the first half it looked like the UMass basketball team might get blown out. Early in the second half it looked like the Minutemen might upset No. 25-ranked VCU. But at the end …

Friday’s colleges: Providence storms back to ice UMass in overtime

Friday, February 20, 2015

The UMass hockey team was eight seconds away from beating No. 12 Providence Friday. But the Friars tied the game late then won in overtime to skate away with a 3-2 victory in Providence. Shane Walsh and Zack LaRue each scored for UMass (9-20-2, 4-15-1 Hockey East), which …

UMass faces tall task with No. 25 VCU and its ‘havoc’ defense

Friday, February 20, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Not that long ago VCU looked vulnerable. The unquestioned preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 lost Briante Weber, the heart and soul of its “havoc” defense, for the season with a torn knee, while leading …

UMass notebook: URI AD Thorr Bjorn turns down chance to return to UMass

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — From the moment John McCutcheon’s candidacy for the California-Santa Barbara athletic director job became public knowledge, UMass fans, alumni and even some administrators began speculating on whether Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn might replace …

UMass falls flat in 75-59 loss to Rhode Island

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. On Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game …

UMass, Rhode Island clash in Atlantic 10 first-place showdown

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — UMass and Rhode Island have been playing basketball against each other since 1908. In the 144 meetings, there has rarely been so much on the line as there will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ryan Center. The game will certainly affect the Atlantic 10 …