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UMass hosts Buffalo at 1 p.m. in the season finale at McGuirk Stadium.

UMass center Matt Sparks: Offensive line needs to boost QB Austin Whipple

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Matt Sparks said Austin Whipple will be better than he looked against Akron when UMass plays Buffalo in the season finale at 1 p.m. Friday at McGuirk Stadium. UMass’ junior center has seen the redshirt freshman quarterback in practice enough to feel good that game No. 2 has a chance to be better than game No. 1. Whipple …

UMass freshman F Zach Coleman ready to increase his minutes, contributions

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — In the first few games of the season, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg wasn’t as much reluctant to put redshirt freshman Zach Coleman in the game as he was reluctant to take Maxie Esho out. Kellogg had raved about Coleman’s potential in the preseason, but Esho had 21 points against …

UMass bench propels comeback win over Florida State, 75-69

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After relying heavily on the coach Derek Kellogg called “the Big Four” for much of their first three games, the UMass basketball team got a lot out of its little six on Sunday. The Minuteman bench scored almost half UMass’ points as the Minutemen shook off an early deficit and …

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

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

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 …

Notebook: Jabarie Hinds, Donte Clark give UMass boost off the bench

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — During the preseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said that one of his early goals was to get some of his newcomers comfortable so he could develop a deep rotation. In Sunday’s 71-62 win over Boston College, …

UMass turns it up in second half, beats Boston College 71-62

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — As it turned out 20 minutes of P.A.I.N. was enough for the UMass men’s basketball team. The Minutemen’s pregame highlight video promotes 40 minutes of their signature style to Pressure, Agitate, Interrupt and Neutralize. They did …

Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s soccer advances in NCAA Division III Tournament

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kieran Bellew’s goal in the fifth round of penalty kicks gave the 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team a victory over St. Lawrence in the NCAA Division III Tournament second round, Sunday in Canton, New York. The game was tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtime periods. Amherst …

Friday’s colleges: UMass women drop opener to Western Michigan

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 63-41 at Western Michigan on Friday. Kim Pierre-Louis scored a team high 16 points and had eight rebounds for the Minutewomen (0-1). Women’s cross country NCAA Division I Northeast Regional — UMass placed 26th Friday as Rachel Hilliard …