Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Hewitt: UMass hoops left out of Big Dance again, but best is still to come

By Stephen Hewitt

March 25, 2013

If you’re a fan of the Massachusetts men’s basketball team, it must have been tough watching this past weekend’s NCAA Tournament games. That’s because, for the 15th season in a row, the Minutemen were left to wat...

UMass basketball beaten badly on the glass in loss to Butler

By Stephen Hewitt

March 8, 2013

The game plan is simple for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team: Get a defensive stop, grab the defensive rebound, get on the fast break and convert transition buckets. When one of those ingredients goes missing,...

Freddie Riley, Terrell Vinson’s career paths tie in to program’s resurrection

By Stephen Sellner

March 7, 2013

Five years ago, Massachusetts men’s basketball senior Freddie Riley was on his way to play pick-up basketball with his friends when his cell phone started ringing. Riley looked down and saw a phone number he didn’t recognize. At that time, Riley had been getting a lot of calls from un...

UMass basketball uses hot 3-point shooting to edge Xavier

By Stephen Hewitt

March 4, 2013

During last Wednesday's Massachusetts men's basketball practice at the Mullins Center, guard Freddie Riley had a message for coach Derek Kellogg. The Minutemen were going through drills designed to prepare for Xavier 3-point specialist Brad Redford, and at one point, Kellogg cal...

UMass basketball soars to 80-62 victory over Saint Joseph’s

By Stephen Hewitt

February 11, 2013

There may have been a slight change in schedule, but the results were what the Massachusetts men’s basketball team envisioned all along. A record storm that dumped up to 2 feet of snow on the Pioneer Valley this weekend pushed the start time back five hours, but the Minutemen n...

Dunks, alley-oops lift UMass men’s hoops past St. Joe’s

By Stephen Sellner

February 11, 2013

From the opening tip, it was clear as day that the Massachusetts men’s basketball team had highlight reel plays in its sight. Raphiael Putney tipped the jump ball to Chaz Williams, who took two dribbles and lobbed the ball up to a streaking Putney, who grabbed the pass and tried to th...

UMass men’s basketball finally delivers second half knockout punch in win over URI

By Stephen Hewitt

February 7, 2013

It was an all too familiar story with the Massachusetts men’s basketball team this season. Get out to a fast start, get a sizable halftime lead and let it all slip away in the matter of minutes in the second half before somehow prevai...

Freddie Riley thriving with new attitude, basketball mentality

By Stephen Sellner

January 29, 2013

During Sunday’s win over Richmond, Massachusetts men’s basketball starting guard Freddie Riley was tacked with the assignment of neutralizing Spiders’ leading-scorer Darien Brothers. Brothers came into the game shooting lights ou...

UMass men’s hoops sprints past Richmond

By Stephen Sellner

January 28, 2013

Video by Peter Cappiello. During its eight-day layoff between games, Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg stressed defensive intensity in practice. His decision loomed large on Sunday. UMass (13-5, 3-...

Late run comes up short for UMass men’s hoops in loss to GW

By Stephen Sellner

January 19, 2013

The Massachusetts men’s basketball team needed a made free throw, but instead got a miss. Then, on the rare occasion when the team needed a miss, it got a make. And that was the kind of game it was for the Minutemen, who...

Men’s basketball vs Eastern Michigan press conference

By Taylor C. Snow

January 6, 2013

Coach Derek Kellogg and guards Chaz Williams and Freddie Riley speak after UMass' 75-61 victory over Eastern Michigan.   Men's Basketball vs Eastern Michigan press conference from Daily Collegian on Vimeo....

Riley, Esho integral in UMass double-digit victory

By Stephen Sellner

January 5, 2013

The Massachusetts men’s basketball team looked out of whack. Eastern Michigan was set up in its zone defense, as the Minutemen tried to move the ball around the perimeter to create some sort of offense. But as it turned out, all UMass c...