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Short turnaround before road trip of UMass hoops

Friday, January 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS — The UMass men’s basketball team won’t get much time to celebrate Thursday’s win over Dayton, or correct any of the problems it survived in that game, as the Minutemen will take on Saint Louis, Saturday at 4 p.m. at Chaifetz Arena. UMass was scheduled to fly earlier in the day Friday, but its flight was postponed until the evening. UMass coach Derek Kellogg said pregame preparation would …

UMass notebook: Trey Davis leaves late following collision on screen

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — As walked off the court helped along by athletic trainer Dave Maclutsky and team doctor Pierre Rouzier, UMass junior guard Trey Davis’ immediate future appeared to be in doubt. Davis spent the final seconds of UMass’ 66-64 win over Dayton in the locker room. With 3 seconds left, he was trying …

UMass holds off Dayton for 66-64 win

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — After playing one of its best games of the season for most of the game, the UMass men’s basketball team survived a sloppy, chaotic finish to pull out its best win of the season Thursday. Trey Davis hit enough free throws in the final minute before being knocked out of the …

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

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 …

Zach Coleman sparks UMass past URI, 60-56; plays down the stretch pulled out win

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — At halftime Zach Coleman wasn’t expecting to be a hero. He wasn’t really even expecting to play much in the second half. Coleman, UMass’ backup power forward, had played just two minutes in the first half …

UMass pulls away late, ices New Hampshire for 6-4 win

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — At some point the brown faux suede thing on Shane Walsh’s head Friday probably looked like a tri-cornered hat, the traditional headwear of the original minutemen from Massachusetts. But what sat atop Walsh’s sweaty hair looked like something that had resided under a pile of knickers …

Friday’s colleges: Tufts deals third-ranked Amherst first women’s basketball loss

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beating Tufts on the road has been a tough assignment for the Amherst College women’s basketball team. The third-ranked Lord Jeffs were nearly doubled up in the second half en route to a 65-42 loss in Medford Friday night. Tufts (13-1, 2-0 NESCAC) outscored Amherst (14-1, 2-1) 33-17 …

Donte Clark, UMass look to get back on track against rival Rhode Island

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — By the end of 2014, Donte Clark’s ascension to stardom seemed inevitable. The freshman was coming off double-digit scoring efforts in three of UMass’ final five games. He was the Minutemen’s best outside shooter, best free-throw shooter, and as a freshman shaking the rust off after …

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” …