National Basketball Association
Fairfield 67, Texas A&M 62
When: 10:30 AM ET, Sunday, December 1, 2019
Where: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida
# Steve Anderson, # Keith Patterson, # Brant Hampton
Landon Taliaferro scored 34 points via 10-for-15 shooting on 3-pointers to carry Fairfield to a rousing 67-62 victory over Texas A&M on Sunday morning in the seventh-place game at the Orlando Invitational.
The Stags (2-6) end their three-game showing at this tournament on the upswing after losing in the earlier rounds against USC and Davidson. Vincent Eze added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Fairfield.
Second-chance points were the difference in a tight game, with the Stags outrebounding Texas A&M 30-21 and turning those rebounds into 23 points. The Aggies had just 8 second chance points, and made only 9 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Texas A&M led 42-39 after two free throws by Quenton Jackson before the Stags roared back. Fairfield forged a 12-2 run that was capped by a Taliaferro 3-pointer at the 7:10 mark that gave the Stags a 51-44 advantage.
The Aggies cut the led to 61-58 on two straight 3-pointers by Savion Flagg, the second with just 1:09 to play. Flagg then missed a tying 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, Fairfield's Taj Benning corralled the rebound, and made two clinching free throws.
Flagg led the Aggies (3-4) with 17 points, with Jackson and Wendell Mitchell adding 15 and 14 points, respectively for Texas A&M. The Aggies have now lost four of their past five games, including setbacks to Harvard and Temple in this tournament.
Texas A&M led 29-25 at halftime behind 9 points from Mitchell and stout defense that forced nine Fairfield turnovers.
Taliaferro paced all scorers with 18 points in the half that included a 6-of-8 showing from beyond the arc. The rest of the Stags went 0-for-7 from 3-point range over the first 20 minutes.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Savion Flagg 17
Landon Taliaferro 34
Quenton Jackson 5
Taj Benning 7
Yavuz Gultekin 5
Vincent Eze 13
Wendell Mitchell 6
||Free Throws Made
Taj Benning 6
Savion Flagg 3
Vincent Eze 2
Josh Nebo 1
Team Stats Summary