College Sports

Minutemen pilfer win from Fordham, 82-74

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — No one will look at Saturday’s result and reasonably claim that UMass stole a basketball victory from Fordham, but the Minutemen used a rash of steals early in the second half to turn the game in their favor. The Minutemen trailed by five points before coming up with no fewer than six steals in the span of 2:19 and converted each Fordham giveaway into points, creating a 13-0 … 0

Pac-12 has several teams on NCAA bubble

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Pac-12’s NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to pulsate. No. 7 Arizona and No. 13 Utah are virtual locks to make the bracket, at this point fighting for higher seeds. After that, the Pac-12 has three teams that could have a good shot with a strong finish and two others that will really … 0

Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Now Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes’ name can be etched into sports lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and “Pistol” Pete Maravich. They’re on a short list of players to get into such an offensive “zone” that their performances led to memorable scoring outbursts. Rathan-Mayes, a little-known freshman guard from … 0

Bembry, St. Joseph’s drill UMass

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — DeAndre Bembry was a one-man gang when his Saint Joseph’s basketball team defeated UMass in January in Philadelphia. In Wednesday night’s rematch at the Mullins Center, Bembry was once again by far the game’s best player, but he had vital help from several other quarters, and … 0

Minutemen fall short at No. 25 VCU, 78-72

Sunday, February 22, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Early in the first half, it looked like the UMass basketball team might get blown out. Early in the second half it looked like the Minutemen might upset No. 25-ranked VCU. But by game’s end, … 0

Big Ten’s NCAA tournament bubble fluctuating

Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Ten teams have been beating up on each other all conference season, leaving more than half of them dancing on the NCAA tournament bubble. No. 5 Wisconsin is a lock to get into the bracket. The Badgers … 0

Few’s fortitude fuels No. 3 Gonzaga’s rise in college hoops

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mark Few arrived at Gonzaga as an unpaid graduate assistant for a nondescript basketball program at a small Catholic university barely known outside the Pacific Northwest. In the 26 years since, Few has transformed Gonzaga into a national … 0

Minutemen fall to URI on road, 75-59

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game heroics. UMass had too many fouls, too many misses and too … 0

Bulletin Board: Forest-Bulley NAC hoop Player of Week

Monday, February 16, 2015

Uriah Forest-Bulley was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Monday for his play on the University of Maine at Farmington men’s basketball team. The former Turners Falls High School player and current senior helped the Beavers to a 2-0 record by averaging 25 points, 6 rebounds, … 0

Aztecs retiring Gwynn’s No. 19 before opener

Thursday, February 12, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Eight months after Tony Gwynn died of cancer, it’s time to play baseball again at San Diego State. The mourning will never fully go away because of how beloved Gwynn was in his adopted hometown. He played basketball and baseball at SDSU, had a 20-year, … 0

UMass outlasts Bonnies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — After watching bounces, calls and results go against them in their last two trips in the Reilly Center, the UMass basketball team finally had a reason to celebrate at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen made two big steals in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds and … 0

New flat-seam baseball in college game should be plus for hitters

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. — Tim Corbin sounded more like a philosopher than Vanderbilt’s coach as he talked about the new flat-seam baseball designed to bring a little more scoring back to the college game. Finally, he hopes, after decades of tweaks and trying to figure out the correct balance … 0

Unbeaten ’Cats survive again, outlast LSU, 71-69, on road

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and top-ranked Kentucky stayed unbeaten with another tough road win, 71-69 over LSU when the Tigers missed a 3-pointer that could have won it at the buzzer Tuesday night. Devin Booker added 14 and Aaron Harrison had 13 for … 0