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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.

UMass notebook: With heavy heart, Derek Kellogg guides Minutemen to win over Iona

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass coach Derek Kellogg went to his postgame radio interview following Tuesday’s 87-82 win over Iona, there were tears in his eyes. His mother-in-law, Patricia Flory, had a heart attack on Monday and died Tuesday. …

UMass holds on for 87-82 win over Iona

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

AMHERST — With 12 seconds left and UMass clinging to a three-point lead against the best 3-point shooting team in the country, the 4,011 fans at the Mullins Center held their collective breath. The game figured to be …

Monday’s colleges: Amherst extends home win streak to 103 with win over Drew

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Amherst College women’s basketball team had three double-digit scorers and returned from its break with a 67-50 victory over Drew University Monday at LeFrak Gymnasium. The Jeffs (8-0) remained perfect on the season and extended their consecutive home winning streak to 103 games. Senior Megan Robertson returned …

Matt Vautour: Checking in on the Atlantic 10 with conference play approaching

Monday, December 29, 2014

After sending six teams to the 2014 NCAA tournament, the Atlantic 10 was always going to have a tough time repeating that feat. As conference play gets set to begin this weekend, the league has eight teams in …

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 …