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Temple's Jesse Morgan (3) drives past Connecticut's Kentan Facey (12) during the second half of Temple's 57-53 overtime victory in an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Matt Column: 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 there. The what ifs were even more prominent in 2012-13. Morgan had been blossoming into a star for the Minutemen before suffering …

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 Trento had a goal and an assist for the Minutemen (8-6-1, 3-11-1 Hockey East). Freshman …

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 strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s …

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

Thursday’s women’s college basketball: UMass beats La Salle for second straight win

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kim Pierre-Louis’ double-double led the UMass women’s basketball team to a 71-68 victory over La Salle, Thursday at the Mullins Center. Pierre-Louis scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Cierra Dillard added 13 points for the Minutewomen (8-8, 2-2 Atlantic 10), who have won two straight. Rashida …

Notebook: UMass to play in MGM Main Event tournament next season

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — The 2015-16 UMass basketball team will try its fortunes in Las Vegas. UMass sources confirmed that the Minutemen will play in the MGM Main Event prior to Thankgiving. UMass will be part of the “Heavyweight Division” …

UMass stumbles in closing minutes, falls to Davidson, 71-63

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — For more than 36 minutes, the UMass men’s basketball team put itself in position to earn its biggest win of the season. But in a game that swung back and forth throughout, Davidson had momentum last …

UMass preparing to run with high-scoring Davidson

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — UMass isn’t shy about the fact that it likes to play against teams that are willing to run. Usually the Minutemen’s speed and athleticism is an advantage in a game played at a fast pace. But UMass figures to have its hands full against Davidson when …

UMass hockey forward Emerson Auvenshine suspended indefinitely after weekend arrest

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Emerson Auvenshine, a senior forward for the UMass hockey team, has been suspended indefinitely from the program after he was arrested during the weekend. Auvenshine was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction …

UMass freshman Malik Hines ruled a partial qualifier; practice status uncertain

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — UMass freshman big man Malik Hines is officially on scholarship as a partial qualifier after months of waiting. Hines will receive a scholarship retroactively for the first semester and will have one going forward. It’s possible that Hines could be allowed to practice if he earned …

Weekend colleges: Amherst women make quick work of rival Williams

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The third-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team took care of rival and No. 13 Williams on Saturday. The undefeated Lord Jeffs cruised to a 77-51 victory at LeFrak Gymnasium. Meredith Doswell had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Marley Giddins added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the …

UMass survives, holds on for 66-62 win over George Mason

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va. — A year after UMass took advantage of George Mason’s late blunders to escape with a miracle win in Fairfax, the Minutemen nearly gave Sunday’s game away in similar fashion. In the final 2 minutes, UMass …

UMass notebook: Zach Coleman steps off bench, assists Minutemen in win over George Mason

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va.— When Maxie Esho picked up his second foul with 9 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first half and UMass leading George Mason by four, Patriot fans were excited when Esho jogged to the bench. Esho entered the game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer and was …

UMass looks to build momentum at George Mason

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — Moving UMass freshman wing Donte Clark into the starting lineup for Jabarie Hinds was the biggest attention-grabbing personnel move in Wednesday’s win over La Salle. Easily overlooked, however, was a significant minutes bump for C.J. Anderson. UMass coach Derek Kellogg’s trust continues to grow for the …