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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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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Fairfield  
19:44   Kevin Senghore-Peterson missed hook shot  
19:42   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
19:09 +2 Tre Mitchell made jump shot, assist by Keon Clergeot 2-0
18:30   Kevin Senghore-Peterson missed jump shot  
18:28   Offensive rebound by Chris Maidoh  
18:23   Chris Maidoh missed layup  
18:21   Defensive rebound by Samba Diallo  
18:16   Sean East II missed floating jump shot  
18:14   Defensive rebound by Landon Taliaferro  
17:59   Shooting foul on Carl Pierre  
17:59 +1 Kevin Senghore-Peterson made 1st of 2 free throws 2-1
17:59   Kevin Senghore-Peterson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Samba Diallo  
17:38   Samba Diallo missed jump shot  
17:36   Defensive rebound by Kevin Senghore-Peterson  
17:22   Kevin Senghore-Peterson missed layup  
17:20   Offensive rebound by Chris Maidoh  
17:20 +2 Chris Maidoh made layup 2-3
17:20   Shooting foul on Tre Mitchell  
17:20 +1 Chris Maidoh made free throw 2-4
17:11 +2 Tre Mitchell made hook shot 4-4
16:47   Jesus Cruz missed jump shot  
16:45   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
16:40   Shooting foul on Chris Maidoh  
16:40 +1 Samba Diallo made 1st of 2 free throws 5-4
16:40 +1 Samba Diallo made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-4
16:17   Offensive foul on Jesus Cruz  
16:17   Turnover on Jesus Cruz  
15:54   Tre Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:52   Defensive rebound by Taj Benning  
15:42   Bad pass turnover on Chris Maidoh, stolen by Keon Clergeot  
15:34 +2 Keon Clergeot made driving dunk 8-4
15:18   Wassef Methnani missed layup  
15:16   Defensive rebound by Sean East II  
15:01 +2 Samba Diallo made driving layup 10-4
14:45   Jesus Cruz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:43   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
14:37   Sean East II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:35   Defensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
14:06   Taj Benning missed jump shot  
14:04   Defensive rebound by Djery Baptiste  
13:57   T.J. Weeks missed layup  
13:55   Defensive rebound by Landon Taliaferro  
13:39   Shooting foul on T.J. Weeks  
13:39 +1 Wassef Methnani made 1st of 2 free throws 10-5
13:39   Wassef Methnani missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:39   Defensive rebound by T.J. Weeks  
13:17   Samba Diallo missed jump shot  
13:15   Defensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
12:52 +3 Wassef Methnani made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Taj Benning 10-8
12:29 +2 Sean East II made floating jump shot 12-8
12:11   Landon Taliaferro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:09   Defensive rebound by Samba Diallo  
11:58 +2 Sean East II made driving layup 14-8
11:44   Bad pass turnover on Allan Jeanne-Rose, stolen by John Buggs III  
11:40   Shooting foul on Allan Jeanne-Rose  
11:40   Commercial timeout called  
11:40 +1 John Buggs III made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-8
11:14 +2 Taj Benning made fade-away jump shot 16-10
10:39   Keon Clergeot missed jump shot  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Taj Benning  
10:24 +2 Allan Jeanne-Rose made layup 16-12
9:56   Keon Clergeot missed driving layup  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Taj Benning  
9:34   Allan Jeanne-Rose missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Carl Pierre  
9:21   T.J. Weeks missed floating jump shot  
9:19   Defensive rebound by Allan Jeanne-Rose  
9:08   Offensive foul on Allan Jeanne-Rose  
9:08   Turnover on Allan Jeanne-Rose  
8:49   Shooting foul on Wassef Methnani  
8:49 +1 Tre Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 17-12
8:49   Tre Mitchell missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:49   Defensive rebound by Calvin Whipple  
8:34   Jesus Cruz missed layup, blocked by Tre Mitchell  
8:32   Defensive rebound by T.J. Weeks  
8:23   Carl Pierre missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz  
8:13   Shooting foul on T.J. Weeks  
8:13 +1 Landon Taliaferro made 1st of 2 free throws 17-13
8:13 +1 Landon Taliaferro made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-14
7:49   Carl Pierre missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Taj Benning  
7:24 +3 Calvin Whipple made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jesus Cruz 17-17
6:54   Tre Mitchell missed jump shot  
6:52   Defensive rebound by Calvin Whipple  
6:40   Vincent Eze missed jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Sean East II  
6:26   Shooting foul on Vincent Eze  
6:26   Tre Mitchell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:26 +1 Tre Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-17
5:55   Shot clock violation turnover on Fairfield  
5:44   Personal foul on Landon Taliaferro  
5:44   Carl Pierre missed free throw  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz  
5:28 +3 Calvin Whipple made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Taj Benning 18-20
5:06   Samba Diallo missed jump shot  
5:04   Defensive rebound by Taj Benning  
4:58   Personal foul on Carl Pierre  
4:38 +2 Jesus Cruz made driving layup 18-22
4:19   John Buggs III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Calvin Whipple  
4:13   Lost ball turnover on Djery Baptiste, stolen by Taj Benning  
4:03   Taj Benning missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:01   Defensive rebound by Sean East II  
3:56 +2 Sean East II made jump shot 20-22
3:42   Wassef Methnani missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:40   Defensive rebound by Samba Diallo  
3:20 +2 Samba Diallo made layup, assist by Sean East II 22-22
3:20   Shooting foul on Taj Benning  
3:20   Samba Diallo missed free throw  
3:20   Defensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
3:01 +2 Landon Taliaferro made reverse layup, assist by Calvin Whipple 22-24
2:34 +2 Tre Mitchell made hook shot 24-24
2:11 +2 Wassef Methnani made driving layup 24-26
2:11   Shooting foul on Keon Clergeot  
2:11   Wassef Methnani missed free throw  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
2:00   Offensive foul on Samba Diallo  
2:00   Turnover on Samba Diallo  
1:48   Lost ball turnover on Calvin Whipple, stolen by John Buggs III  
1:45   Turnover on John Buggs III  
1:27 +3 Landon Taliaferro made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jesus Cruz 24-29
1:13   Bad pass turnover on Sean East II, stolen by Wassef Methnani  
1:00   Personal foul on Samba Diallo  
1:00 +1 Taj Benning made 1st of 2 free throws 24-30
1:00 +1 Taj Benning made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-31
43.0   John Buggs III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
41.0   Offensive rebound by Preston Santos  
31.0   Tre Mitchell missed jump shot  
29.0   Defensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
1.0   Offensive foul on Taj Benning  
1.0   Turnover on Taj Benning  
1.0   Lost ball turnover on Tre Mitchell, stolen by Wassef Methnani  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:47   Personal foul on Jesus Cruz  
19:33   Lost ball turnover on Tre Mitchell, stolen by Jesus Cruz  
19:08   Wassef Methnani missed jump shot  
19:06   Offensive rebound by Fairfield  
18:58 +2 Jesus Cruz made driving layup 24-33
18:34   Personal foul on Landon Taliaferro  
18:19 +3 Tre Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Carl Pierre 27-33
17:59   Calvin Whipple missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:57   Offensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
17:53   Wassef Methnani missed layup  
17:51   Offensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
17:46 +3 Landon Taliaferro made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jesus Cruz 27-36
17:18   Tre Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:16   Defensive rebound by Taj Benning  
16:57   Wassef Methnani missed jump shot  
16:55   Defensive rebound by Keon Clergeot  
16:44   Jumpball received by Fairfield  
16:44   Lost ball turnover on Keon Clergeot, stolen by Jesus Cruz  
16:35   Kicked ball violation on Massachusetts  
16:31   Wassef Methnani missed jump shot  
16:29   Defensive rebound by T.J. Weeks  
16:19 +2 Sean East II made floating jump shot 29-36
16:02   Personal foul on Tre Mitchell  
15:59 +2 Jesus Cruz made jump shot, assist by Taj Benning 29-38
15:59   Shooting foul on Sean East II  
15:59 +1 Jesus Cruz made free throw 29-39
15:41 +3 T.J. Weeks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sean East II 32-39
15:08   Jesus Cruz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Sean East II  
15:00 +3 T.J. Weeks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sean East II 35-39
14:41   Offensive foul on Landon Taliaferro  
14:41   Turnover on Landon Taliaferro  
14:24   Carl Pierre missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:22   Offensive rebound by T.J. Weeks  
14:10 +2 Sean East II made driving layup 37-39
13:53   Personal foul on Preston Santos  
13:32   Jesus Cruz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:30   Offensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
13:20   Jesus Cruz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:18   Defensive rebound by Carl Pierre  
13:09   Lost ball turnover on Sean East II, stolen by Jesus Cruz  
13:00   Lost ball turnover on Jesus Cruz, stolen by Sean East II  
12:48 +2 Preston Santos made layup, assist by Sean East II 39-39
12:39 +2 Jesus Cruz made layup, assist by Wassef Methnani 39-41
12:14 +3 T.J. Weeks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sean East II 42-41
12:05   Personal foul on Preston Santos  
11:47 +2 Wassef Methnani made dunk, assist by Taj Benning 42-43
11:19   Lost ball turnover on Keon Clergeot, stolen by Jesus Cruz  
11:14 +2 Allan Jeanne-Rose made dunk, assist by Jesus Cruz 42-45
10:49   Carl Pierre missed jump shot, blocked by Wassef Methnani  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
10:27   Shooting foul on Carl Pierre  
10:27   Jesus Cruz missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:27 +1 Jesus Cruz made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-46
9:57 +2 Sean East II made layup 44-46
9:27   Personal foul on Sean East II  
9:20   Taj Benning missed jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
9:08   Tre Mitchell missed layup  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Allan Jeanne-Rose  
8:49 +2 Taj Benning made layup, assist by Allan Jeanne-Rose 44-48
8:49   Shooting foul on Tre Mitchell  
8:49 +1 Taj Benning made free throw 44-49
8:32 +2 Tre Mitchell made jump shot 46-49
8:17   Landon Taliaferro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:15   Defensive rebound by T.J. Weeks  
7:59   Personal foul on Kevin Senghore-Peterson  
7:45   Carl Pierre missed jump shot  
7:43   Offensive rebound by Samba Diallo  
7:39 +2 Samba Diallo made layup 48-49
7:24 +3 Landon Taliaferro made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Taj Benning 48-52
7:04 +3 Tre Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot 51-52
6:45   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Senghore-Peterson, stolen by T.J. Weeks  
6:30 +2 Samba Diallo made layup, assist by T.J. Weeks 53-52
6:16   Turnover on Fairfield  
6:06   Lost ball turnover on Tre Mitchell, stolen by Jesus Cruz  
5:57   Wassef Methnani missed layup  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Sean East II  
5:45   Carl Pierre missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz  
5:25 +2 Jesus Cruz made driving layup 53-54
5:02   Shooting foul on Wassef Methnani  
5:02   Tre Mitchell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:02   Tre Mitchell missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Calvin Whipple  
4:35   Lost ball turnover on Taj Benning, stolen by T.J. Weeks  
4:27 +3 Carl Pierre made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sean East II 56-54
3:55   Jesus Cruz missed floating jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
3:36   T.J. Weeks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:34   Offensive rebound by Samba Diallo  
3:33   Shooting foul on Jesus Cruz  
3:33 +1 Samba Diallo made 1st of 2 free throws 57-54
3:33 +1 Samba Diallo made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-54
3:10   Taj Benning missed layup  
3:08   Offensive rebound by Taj Benning  
2:55   Landon Taliaferro missed jump shot  
2:53   Defensive rebound by T.J. Weeks  
2:45   T.J. Weeks missed layup  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Wassef Methnani  
2:23 +2 Wassef Methnani made dunk, assist by Jesus Cruz 58-56
1:56 +2 Tre Mitchell made turnaround jump shot, assist by Sean East II 60-56
1:30 +2 Jesus Cruz made layup 60-58
1:07   Personal foul on Landon Taliaferro  
1:07 +1 Sean East II made 1st of 2 free throws 61-58
1:07 +1 Sean East II made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-58
47.0   Personal foul on Samba Diallo  
47.0 +1 Landon Taliaferro made 1st of 2 free throws 62-59
47.0 +1 Landon Taliaferro made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-60
22.0   T.J. Weeks missed floating jump shot  
20.0   Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz  
4.0   Landon Taliaferro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2.0   Defensive rebound by Tre Mitchell  
2.0   Personal foul on Wassef Methnani  
2.0   Tre Mitchell missed free throw  
2.0   Defensive rebound by Jesus Cruz  
0.0   End of period  
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 68.5 PPG 35.3 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Fairfield 0-2 58.0 PPG 37.8 RPG 8.6 APG
Key Players
33
T. Mitchell C 17.7 PPG 7.2 RPG 1.9 APG 48.1 FG%
25
L. Taliaferro G 12.0 PPG 2.0 RPG 0.4 APG 35.6 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