There wasn’t an actual title on the line this past week as UMass finished its in-state schedule, but Harvard took care of business on its home court to stop the Minutemen from crowning themselves the kings of college basketball in Massachusetts. After victories over Boston College and Northeastern, UMass looked to finish off the Crimson on its first true road trip (even though Lavietes Pavilion was probably packed with 70 percent Minutemen fans) and add another win against an NCAA Tournament team to its resume.
The Northeastern Huskies were supposed to come into Amherst on Wednesday night, but with snow coming in, the game was moved forward into the afternoon to make sure everyone could get home safely and enjoy the Thanksgiving eve celebrations. Apparently, these Huskies aren’t the kind that love the snow. There was not much to celebrate for Northeastern fans as the Minutemen put together their first wire-to-wire blowout of the season in a 79-54 win highlighted by yet another impressive Maxie Esho dunk. Donte Clark also continued to be the most impressive freshman for the Minuteman scoring 10 points and reaching double figures for the third straight game. Continue reading Harvard Claims Bay State ‘Title’ Over UMass »
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Record: 5-1 (2nd in Colonial Athletic Association)
After posting an 11-21 record in a disappointing 2013-14 season, Northeastern has won five of its first six games this year, starting with a 71-65 defeat of Boston University at TD Garden. The Huskies posted double-digit wins over Navy and Manhattan at the Hall of Fame Tip Off. Their only loss was a 25-point beatdown at UMass, but they rebounded with a 57-48 victory over Fairfield. The Huskies are half a game behind Towson in the CAA standings.
Power forward Scott Eatherton leads Northeastern with 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1 steal per game and shooting guard David Walker is adding 13.3 points, 3.3 dimes and 1.3 boards. As a result of the fast start, the Huskies received one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Continue reading College Basketball November Roundup: Strong Starts for Five Mass. Teams »
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Syracuse, 7; Boston College, 28
For the second straight season, Boston College will appear in the postseason with a 7-5 record. It was something of a rocky year after losing quarterback Chase Rettig and star running back Andre Williams, with new starter Tyler Murphy bringing an entirely different style to that of his predecessor.
The Eagles were at their best against their toughest opponents, upsetting #9 USC on September 13 and losing to #24 Clemson and #3 Florida State by a combined seven points. In the regular season finale against Syracuse (3-9), they got just their third home win as Murphy did what he does best and set a new Atlantic Coast Conference record for rushing yards by a QB. Continue reading College Football Week 14 Roundup: BC, UMass on Opposite Ends of Blowouts »
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They did not keep the winning streak as long as they would have liked, but the UMass Minutemen are 4-1 after the first two weeks of the season and have already faced some adversity along the way. Being able to rebound after a loss is a big factor in having a successful season and UMass has shown that ability both during and in between games. Here’s a look at how the Minutemen have been able to jump right back into the thick of things without missing a beat.
Last Tuesday, UMass participated in ESPN’s 24 hour tip off marathon for the third season in a row. The previous two years saw some late game heroics against Harvard and LSU and this year against the Manhattan Jaspers was no different. With the game going back and forth pretty much the whole way, UMass was finally able to pull ahead and seemingly put the game away with a successful inbounds pass. Continue reading Minutemen Bounce Back with Win over Florida State »
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Boston College, 17; #3 Florida State, 20
Ten weeks after upsetting ninth-ranked USC, Boston College came close to pulling off an even bigger shocker over #3 Florida State (11-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, the Seminoles have made a habit of winning close games, and Saturday was no exception, as they prevailed again thanks to a late field goal.
FSU looked to cruise early, putting together a 14-play opening drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended with running back Karlos Williams‘s three-yard touchdown. But the Eagles came right back with a 14-play possession of their own that lasted 8:22 and kicker Mike Knoll scored on a 40-yard FG to make it 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare »
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The first week of the NCAA basketball season is in the books and the UMass Minutemen took care of business through their first two games against Siena and Boston College. Here’s a couple of takeaways after week one.
Maxie Esho is the Go-To Guy
Senior forward Maxie Esho had been the energy guy off the bench the last few seasons for head coach Derrick Kellogg, and now he has been able to take his energy level that was previously used in such short bursts of time and extend it. While I sat in the Garden seats during the Coaches vs. Cancer triple header I noticed that when the UMass intro video was shown it featured a lot of Esho and that the team was clearly trying to market him. Continue reading Two Games, Two Wins, Minutemen off and Running »
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Ball State, 10; Massachusetts, 24
UMass put together a well-rounded effort in a home win over Ball State that shouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Minutemen were solid on both sides of the ball but couldn’t put the game away until the final quarter.
They didn’t have any trouble moving the ball on the game’s opening drive, which ended with a three-yard touchdown by running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The Cardinals brought it right back and quarterback Jack Milas hit wide receiver Jordan Williams for a 33-yard TD to tie it. Later in the first quarter, the Minutemen again made it into the red zone, but QB Blake Frohnapfel had his pass intercepted by safety Dedrick Cromartie, preserving the 7-7 score. Continue reading College Football Week 12 Roundup: UMass Survives Frohnapfel Injury »
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