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UMass wins its Atlantic 10 home opener, beating Saint Louis

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Noah Fernandes puts up a floater during UMass' home game against Saint Louis on Wednesday night.

AMHERST — There may eventually be bigger wins, but Wednesday night’s victory by the University of Massachusetts was the most important win in head coach Frank Martin’s brief tenure here.

“I just thought, after going 0-1, I thought it would be really bad to come out and lose this game, especially at home,” UMass guard Noah Fernandes said after the Minutemen picked up their first Atlantic 10 Conference win, beating Saint Louis 90-81, at the Mullins Center.



Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6253.


Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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