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Mitchell returns home, leads UMass past Fairfield, 62-60

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Tre Mitchell scored 18 points in his return to Connecticut, helping UMass hold off Fairfield, 62-60 in a nonconference game on Saturday.

Mitchell, the 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut, is one of seven freshmen and nine first-year players on the UMass roster.

Mitchell hit a jumper with just under two minutes left to put the Minutemen up, 60-56, and Sean East II hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-58 with 1:06 left. Landon Taliaferro hit two free throws in the final minute to cut the Fairfield deficit to two, but he missed a 3-point attempt to win the game with a second left.

East, also a freshman, added 14 points and dished seven assists for UMass (2-0).

Taliaferro was 3-of-6 from distance and finished with 15 points for the Stags (0-2). Jesus Cruz added 14 points, five assists and five steals.

The game was the first meeting between the schools since the 1975-76 season, but the series dates back to 1963-64.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz 2.0
  Tre Mitchell missed free throw 2.0
  Personal foul on Wassef Methnani 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell 2.0
  Landon Taliaferro missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz 20.0
  T.J. Weeks missed floating jump shot 22.0
+ 1 Landon Taliaferro made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Landon Taliaferro made 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
  Personal foul on Samba Diallo 47.0
+ 1 Sean East II made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:07
Team Stats
Points 62 60
Field Goals 23-48 (47.9%) 21-50 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 6-17 (35.3%)
Free Throws 10-17 (58.8%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 29 33
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 25 26
Team 0 1
Assists 10 13
Steals 6 8
Blocks 1 1
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 7 REB
15 PTS, 2 REB
12T
away team logo Massachusetts 2-0 243862
home team logo Fairfield 0-2 312960
Team Stats
away team logo Massachusetts 2-0 70.5 PPG 32.5 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Fairfield 0-2 62.0 PPG 39.5 RPG 11.0 APG
Key Players
33
T. Mitchell C 14.0 PPG 8.0 RPG 1.0 APG 43.5 FG%
25
L. Taliaferro G 16.0 PPG 2.0 RPG 1.0 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Mitchell C 18 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
L. Taliaferro G 15 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
47.9 FG% 42.0
37.5 3PT FG% 35.3
58.8 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mitchell 18 7 0 7/12 2/4 2/7 3 32 0 1 3 0 7
S. East II 14 5 7 6/8 0/1 2/2 2 35 1 0 2 0 5
S. Diallo 12 6 0 4/7 0/0 4/5 3 29 0 0 1 2 4
C. Pierre 3 2 1 1/7 1/5 0/1 3 26 0 0 0 0 2
K. Clergeot 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 22 1 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mitchell 18 7 0 7/12 2/4 2/7 3 32 0 1 3 0 7
S. East II 14 5 7 6/8 0/1 2/2 2 35 1 0 2 0 5
S. Diallo 12 6 0 4/7 0/0 4/5 3 29 0 0 1 2 4
C. Pierre 3 2 1 1/7 1/5 0/1 3 26 0 0 0 0 2
K. Clergeot 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 22 1 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Weeks 9 6 1 3/8 3/4 0/0 2 25 2 0 0 1 5
J. Buggs III 2 0 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 11 2 0 1 0 0
P. Santos 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 1 0
D. Baptiste 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 1
S. Chatman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 29 10 23/48 6/16 10/17 16 200 6 1 10 4 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Taliaferro 15 2 0 4/8 3/6 4/4 4 34 0 0 1 0 2
J. Cruz 14 5 5 6/13 0/4 2/3 3 34 5 0 2 0 5
T. Benning 7 7 5 2/6 0/1 3/3 2 40 1 0 2 1 6
C. Maidoh 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 1 6 0 0 1 2 0
K. Senghore-Peterson 1 1 0 0/3 0/0 1/2 1 10 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Taliaferro 15 2 0 4/8 3/6 4/4 4 34 0 0 1 0 2
J. Cruz 14 5 5 6/13 0/4 2/3 3 34 5 0 2 0 5
T. Benning 7 7 5 2/6 0/1 3/3 2 40 1 0 2 1 6
C. Maidoh 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 1 6 0 0 1 2 0
K. Senghore-Peterson 1 1 0 0/3 0/0 1/2 1 10 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Methnani 10 9 1 4/11 1/2 1/3 3 29 2 1 0 3 6
C. Whipple 6 4 1 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 29 0 0 1 0 4
A. Jeanne-Rose 4 2 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 2 13 0 0 2 0 2
V. Eze 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
O. El-Sheikh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kavaliauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ngalakulondi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Henry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kelly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mullally - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 32 13 21/50 6/17 12/16 17 200 8 1 10 6 26