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Temple's Jesse Morgan (3) drives past Connecticut's Kentan Facey (12) during the second half of Temple's 57-53 overtime victory in an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Matt Vautour: UMass loss is Temple’s NCAA gain

Monday, January 26, 2015

Even as the UMass men’s basketball team was reaching the Top 25 and eventually the NCAA tournament last year, it was always tempting to wonder how much better it could they have been if Jesse Morgan was still there. The what ifs were even more prominent in 2012-13. Morgan had been blossoming into a star for the Minutemen before suffering …

Weekend college recaps: UMass men’s hockey tops No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Behind Dennis Kravchenko’s two goals, the UMass men’s hockey team defeated No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1, at home Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather. The two sides settled for a 4-4 draw on Friday night to spilt the weekend series. Dominic Trento had a goal and an assist for the Minutemen (8-6-1, 3-11-1 Hockey East). Freshman …

Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s …

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

UMass welcomes high-scoring Iona in last game of 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Most teams can catch their breath the next time out after playing BYU. But after playing the Cougars, who rank third nationally in scoring, UMass hosts Iona, the eighth-ranked scoring team, Tuesday at 7 p.m. Minuteman coach Derek …

UMass coach Derek Kellogg believes in, rooting for Kentucky’s quest for perfection

Sunday, December 28, 2014

AMHERST — It’s been 39 years since a Division I men’s basketball team completed a season without losing a game. But after Kentucky finished off its 58-50 win over Louisville, Saturday afternoon to improve to 13-0, the Wildcats’ chase for that history is about to start receiving national …

Trying to get back on track, UMass hockey heads north, women’s basketball travels east

Friday, December 26, 2014

Having lost four straight games and seven of its last eight, any good news is welcomed for the UMass hockey team. So getting Ray Pigozzi, who missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, back in the …

UMass misses opportunity for road win, falls in overtime to BYU

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Provo, Utah — One moment replayed itself in Maxie Esho’s mind as he sat on the UMass bench watching his team battle BYU in the waning moments of overtime. Esho kept thinking back to the free throws he …

Matt Vautour: Improvement for UMass must come from within

Monday, December 22, 2014

College coaches are fond of the “there’s no trades in college” cliche. UMass coach Derek Kellogg didn’t say it about his team’s struggles, but that’s what he’s facing. If the Minutemen are going to shake off this stretch …

Derek Kellogg keeps status quo as UMass looks to bounce back at BYU

Monday, December 22, 2014

Despite being frustrated at his team’s recent play, UMass coach Derek Kellogg isn’t changing his starting lineup when the Minutemen face BYU in Utah. “I’m going to keep it as it is,” said Kellogg, whose team has had …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four …

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen …

UMass stumbles in 85-65 loss to Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence assured itself that UMass wouldn’t win at the buzzer again. By the time the buzzer sounded, the game had been well out of hand for quite a while. The Friars dominated just about every …

Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two …