NCAAB Game Recap - Texas A&M at Fairfield
Sun Dec 1, 2019 10:30 AM EST

MD
84
Marq
63
F
Wake
66
Ariz
73
F
LaSal
72
Vill
83
F
TexAM
62
Fairf
67
F
Mercer
66
Canis
76
F
N DA
56
Campbl
58
F
Maine
40
UConn
64
F
CenCT
71
UMassL
73
F
LongB
79
Penn
95
F
South
65
Tul
82
F
URI
81
WVU
86
F
(N/A)
57
SacHr
101
F
GrgWas
65
SCar
74
F
MD-ES
45
Ford
66
F
Hof
91
HolyC
69
F
Mont
63
NM
72
F
Vermt
52
Yale
65
F
JackSt
52
AF
76
F
Charl
56
UCF
77
F
UNCW
54
Stan
72
F
S UT
51
LoyMa
61
F
SIU
60
StLou
69
F
Temp
66
David
53
F
Niag
65
Norf
61
F
UtVal
61
ColSt
92
F
GaSo
72
FlGlf
57
F
BethC
65
GaTec
68
F
IL-C
70
FlAtl
71
F
PorSt
76
OrSt
81
F
Bingha
65
LoyMD
77
F
Prov
80
Pepp
77
F
Harv
62
USC
77
F
SJSU
64
UCLA
93
F
NebOm
66
StMar
75
F
InWor
56
Portl
65
F
USD
61
StBon
70
F
(N/A)
41
HI
58
F
Tows
Corn
Canc

Dec 1, 2019, 10:30 AM EST

Final

1

2

T

Texas A&M (3-4)

29

33

62

Fairfield (2-6)

25

42

67

Taliaferro scores 34, Fairfield holds off Texas A&M 67-62.
Sun Dec 1, 2019 2:07 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Landon Taliaferro scored a career-high 34 points and Taj Benning made six free throws in the final 16 seconds Sunday to help Fairfield hold off Texas A&M 67-62 in the seventh-place game of the Orlando Invitational.

Taliaferro made 12 of 18 shots, including a school-record 10 3-pointers in 15 attempts for the Stags (2-6), who lost to Southern California and Davidson in their other two games in the eight-team tournament at Disney World.

The strong shooting performance came two days after Taliaferro went 0 of 9 from behind the 3-point line against Davidson.

"That's what shooters do, they've got to have a short memory," Fairfield coach Jay Young said. "I told him that after he went 0-for-9. If you're open, you've got to shoot. And if not, I'm taking you out of the game."

Taliaferro said that wasn't the only message from Young, who's in his first season with the Stags.

"Coach came in (Saturday) and said, we're not accepting leaving Florida without a win. So we just came together," Taliaferro said. "Everybody played their role to the best of their ability and we came out with a win. That's what we thought the whole time, we never thought we were going to lose."

Texas A&M (3-4) trimmed a 61-52 deficit to three with consecutive 3-pointers from Savion Flagg, but the Aggies guard missed a potential game-tying trey before Benning closed it out from the line for Fairfield.

Flagg finished with 17 points. Quenton Jackson had 15 and Wendell Mitchell added 14 for Texas A&M, which led 29-25 at halftime.

"Too often, (Fairfield) played offense through our turnovers," Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams said. "At times we did a good job on the perimeter against the first shot ... then there were those back-breaking plays where they got the offensive rebound."

Vincent Eze had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Fairfield. Benning missed 5 of 6 shots from the field before going 6 for 6 from the foul line in the closing seconds to finish with eight points.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: Despite going 0-3 with losses to Harvard, Temple and Fairfield, Williams feels the Aggies are making progress in their first season under him. The Aggies shot 44 percent, including 9 of 27 on 3-point attempts, on Sunday. That was up considerably from well below 30 percent in losses to Harvard and Temple.

"Regardless of who's on the court, we need some level of consistency, rather than trying guys to see if they're going to be consistent," Williams said.

Fairfield: First win over a Power 5 Conference school under Young. As Stags prepare for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, they should benefit from the experience of facing USC, Davidson and Texas A&M.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Plays Texas next Sunday in Lone Star Showdown in Fort Worth.

Fairfield: Return home to host William & Mary next Sunday.

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Leaders

Texas A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Aku 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Gordon 0 0 2 2 2 0
Fairfield PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Senghore-Peterson 0 0 1 1 0 0
A. Kavaliauskas 0 0 1 0 0 0

Team Comparison

TexAM Fairf
Points For 62 67
Field Goals 19/43-44% 22/51-43%
Three Pointers 9/27-33% 12/29-41%
Free Throws 15/18-83% 11/14-79%
Offensive Rebounds 4 9
Defensive Rebounds 17 21
Rebounds 21 30
Blocks 1 0
Steals 9 5
Turnovers 12 15
Personal Fouls 16 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Fairf Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 1 TexAM 62 @ Fairf 67 J. Chandler 2 C. Whipple 2

Game Information

Stadium: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida
Attendance: 0
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