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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, but the Saint Joseph’s sophomore would get …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like the senior big man’s slump was going to continue on his 24th birthday as he …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 seconds left and the Minutemen clinging to a three-point lead, the Mullins Center crowd of …

UMass opens second half of Atlantic 10 slate with La Salle

Friday, February 6, 2015

AMHERST — The trick, according to UMass coach Derek Kellogg, is not to outthink yourself. UMass beat La Salle, 71-65, on Jan. 7. in Philadelphia. Kellogg knows what was effective for the Minutemen in that game and what wasn’t. He also knows that La Salle knows it too. …

UMass Amherst names Robert Goodhue interim athletic director, appoints search committee for permanent post

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — UMass announced Thursday an interim athletic director and the appointment of a search committee to find a permanent replacement for John McCutcheon, who will leave in two weeks for the same job at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Robert M. Goodhue, the chief operating officer and …

Notebook: Football recruits might double up with UMass basketball team

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Wednesday was football signing day, but the UMass men’s basketball team may have picked up a piece or pieces of its future as well. Among the football team’s signees were James Sosinski, a 6-foot-7 quarterback from Arizona, and Artayvious Lynn, a 6-foot-6 tight end from …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass drops fifth straight with loss at URI

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cierra Dillard had 16 points and Emily Mital added 15 but the UMass women’s basketball team fell 70-58 at Rhode Island Wednesday. Kim Pierre-Louis had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Minutewomen (8-13, 2-7 Atlantic 10). Springfield 56, Smith College 52 — Alyssa Barrett had 12 points …

Jabarie Hinds lifts UMass to 78-72 win over Fordham

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEW YORK — In front of a cadre of friends and family not far from his Mount Vernon home, Jabarie Hinds had his best game for UMass. In almost every game this season, the junior guard has had …

UMass signing day class includes 7 Floridians, 6 Bay Staters, 1 Australian

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Not many coaches leave signing day excited about players they didn’t get. UMass coach Mark Whipple said Southeastern Conference schools swooped in and snared a “couple of kids” the Minutemen had hoped to sign shortly before signing day. …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne going for 1,000th career point at Fordham

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UMass is hoping that the most newsworthy thing that comes from Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game at Fordham is that Cady Lalanne scores his 1,000th career point. Anything more newsworthy could spell trouble. Fordham is 5-14 overall and 0-8 …

Matt Vautour: Briante Weber’s injury is a loss for VCU, college basketball

Monday, February 2, 2015

UMass doesn’t play VCU for almost three weeks, but Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg used his opening statement on Monday’s conference call to express his condolences to VCU and guard Briante Weber, who tore his knee Saturday ending his …

Notebook: UMass chancellor says search for next athletic director could take 4-6 weeks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ST. LOUIS — UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said the search to find a replacement for athletic director John McCutcheon, who resigned Thursday to take the same post at California-Santa Barbara, could take as little as four to six …

Weekend colleges: Connor Green leads Amherst past Bowdoin

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Connor Green struck for a season-high 33 points and 12 points as the Amherst College men’s basketball team beat Bowdoin 81-66 in Amherst on Saturday. Johnny McCarthy had 15 points and Jayde Dawson added 10 for the Lord Jeffs (14-5, 4-3 NESCAC). Women’s basketball Wellesley 48, Mount Holyoke …