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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 junior Trey Davis finds his rhythm at the free-throw line

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — Trey Davis doesn’t know what UMass’ record for consecutive free throws is. He doesn’t want to know. Not yet. “Once I beat it, you all can tell me,” the junior guard said shaking his head and …

Matt Vautour: UMass’ NCAA tournament hopes rest with week ahead

Monday, February 16, 2015

When UMass walked off the floor on Jan. 21 after losing to Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, any conversation about the Minutemen in the NCAA tournament would have seemed more than a little ridiculous. But after six consecutive wins, UMass has reached the fringes of contention. For the Minutemen …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling for John Calipari’s Hall of Fame call

Sunday, February 15, 2015

AMHERST — Throughout his postgame press conference Derek Kellogg stayed pretty even-keeled when discussing his team’s 82-74 win over Duquesne Saturday. But when he was asked about John Calipari being named a finalist for induction into the Naismith …

UMass fends off Duquesne for sixth straight win

Sunday, February 15, 2015

AMHERST — When the UMass men’s basketball team was struggling earlier in the season, Trey Davis blamed himself. He wasn’t shooting well enough or leading well enough he reasoned and the Minutemen were falling short because of it. …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey settles for 3-3 tie with No. 16 Lowell

Friday, February 13, 2015

The UMass hockey team held a two-goal lead over No. 16 Lowell in the third period, but the River Hawks rallied for the 3-3 tie at the Mullins Center, Friday. Dennis Kravchenko fed Steven Iacobellis for a short-handed goal six minutes into the third as UMass (9-18-2) took …

UMass men’s basketball looking to avoid letdown against Duquesne

Friday, February 13, 2015

AMHERST — Riding a five-game winning streak that put it in a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 and on the bubble of some national publications’ NCAA tournament projections, the UMass men’s basketball team is suddenly riding high. That could all come crashing down in a …

UMass women’s lacrosse retools as season begins

Friday, February 13, 2015

AMHERST — For the past four seasons Katie Ferris was the on-field face of UMass women’s lacrosse. During her career she rewrote the program’s record book, while helping lead the Minutewomen to new heights. But Ferris and fellow star forward Sam Rush graduated, leaving UMass with holes to …

UMass softball heads to Houston, ready for season’s opening pitch

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — It’s snowed every bit as much on the UMass softball program as it did on everyone else in western Massachusetts over the past several weeks. But despite having most of its practices on the Boyden gymnasium …

Matt Vautour: Time for arenas, stadiums to stop playing “Jump Around”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With just over 12 minutes left in UMass’ Jan. 29 win over Dayton, the Flyers called timeout following Tyler Bergantino’s one-handed dunk that put the Minutemen up 52-45. As the teams retreated to their respective benches, the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain began pumping from the …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women’s basketball holds off George Mason in overtime

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team trailed George Mason by seven at halftime, but rallied for an 85-79 overtime win at the Mullins Center Wednesday afternoon. Kim Pierre-Louis had 29 points on 12-for-24 shooting along with eight rebounds in the win. Rashida Timbilla added 17 points, eight rebounds, six …