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Bigger, deeper UMass set for depleted, yet thriving Dayton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — It’s almost hard to fathom. Dayton has no size, no depth and almost no losses. Despite injuries and dismissals, few opponents have been able to derail the 16-3 Flyers (6-1 Atlantic 10), who play UMass at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. Coming off last year’s surprise run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, expectations were high for Dayton, but those expectations were increasingly tempered …

UMass football notebook: Assistant Marcel Shipp named New York Jets running backs coach

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tight end Jean Sifrin isn’t the only Minuteman headed to the NFL. The New York Jets announced Tuesday that they had hired UMass all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp to be their new running backs coach. Shipp held the same role for UMass in 2014. It will be a return home for Shipp, who is from Paterson, New Jersey. He was an intern with …

Brandon Montour, youth key UMass hockey team’s second-half turnaround

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — It would be a mistake to credit all of the UMass hockey team’s recent improvement to the midseason arrival of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour. No one player, other than maybe a goalie, could turn a whole team around. But it’s not a coincidence either that the Minutemen are a better hockey …

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

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 …

Friday’s colleges: Shane Walsh’s late goal pushes UMass hockey past Maine

Friday, January 9, 2015

After trailing to start the third period, the UMass hockey team scored two unanswered third period goals to upend Maine, 3-2, Friday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak at the Mullins Center. Steven Iacobellis tied the game just over halfway through the third period. The teams played …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg shakes up lineup as Minutemen hold off La Salle

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — After the offensive struggles in Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure, UMass coach Derek Kellogg shuffled his lineup and started freshman Donte Clark, his best natural scorer, in place of junior guard Jabarie Hinds. In his first career start Wednesday against La Salle, Clark had seven points …

UMass holds off La Salle, 71-65, for first road win of season

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Before his team left for La Salle, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said he thought the practices following Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure had made his team better. The Minutemen’s performance Wednesday night backed him up as …

Wednesday’s colleges: Saint Louis pulls away from UMass for 75-67 win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cierra Dillard’s fast-break layup midway through the second half gave the UMass women’s basketball team a two-point lead. Moments later, Jenny Vliet nailed a 3-pointer and Saint Louis never trailed again as the Minutewomen fell 75-67 at home Wednesday. Kim Pierre-Louis had 26 points and nine rebounds, while …

Tyler Bergantino hopes to keep contributing as UMass heads to La Salle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — With 12 minutes, 1 second left in UMass’ 69-55 loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, the Minutemen hadn’t played well, but were trailing by three when Tyler Bergantino walked off the floor with his fifth foul. While the junior big man had scored four points shortly …

Matt Vautour: Davidson off to strong start in inaugural Atlantic 10 season

Monday, January 5, 2015

When the Atlantic 10 announced it was adding Davidson for the 2014-15 season, it seemed like a natural fit. The school prioritizes basketball and has had plenty of recent success. But surely there would be an adjustment period when it jumped up from the Southern Conference. The Wildcats …