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2019-20 Season

The 2019-20 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team represents the University of Massachusetts, the flagship campus in Amherst. The Head Coach was Matt McCall. The team plays its home games in the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The 2019-20 season represents the 111th season of basketball in the school's history.

  • Overall Record: 5-4
  • Conference Record: 0-0 (Conf play starts Jan. 5)
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2018-19 2020-21


Game Record Rank Notes
Date Opponent Game Results High Scorer High Rebounder Overall A10 UM Opp
11/5 UMass-Lowell W 79-64 Weeks (23) Tre Mitchell (9) 1-0 Some sloppy stints, and Lowell hung in there for most of it, but UM breaks away with a 12-3 run to clinch it. Weeks shines in college debut, shooting 8-12 overall and 4-6 from three. Diallo plays hard thru strep throat, adding 12 & 7. Pierre 13 pts. East 11 pts, 6 assists. Tre Mitchell 10 pts, 9 rebs.
11/9 at Fairfield W 62-60 Tre Mitchell (18) Tre Mitchell (7) 2-0 At Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport CT.1) UM gets off to promising 16-8 start, then allows Fairfield a 31-13 run over the next 16 minutes. UM regroups, finds the right combo on the floor, and holds on for the first road win in 11 months. Pierre & Clergeot only score 5 combined, but the underclassmen step up: Tre, East with 14/5/7, Diallo 12 & 6, Weeks 9 & 6.
11/12 Northeastern W 80-71 Tre Mitchell (20) Tre Mitchell (6) 3-0 UM's team effort shuts down Jordan Roland, who only scores 14, after averaging 40.5 to start the season. Tre 8-15 from the floor, Pierre finds it again with 18. East 17 pts / 7 assists / 4 steals, and swishes a 75 footer to end the first half.
11/16 Central Connecticut W 89-43 Clergeot (20) Baptiste (12) 4-0 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Campus Game. UM capitalizes against a young, travel-weary CCSU team, jumping out to a 9-2 lead early, then 39-18 at the half. UM's largest margin of victory since 1995.2) Clergeot hits 7-8 from the floor, East delivers 15-3-6, Diallo 13 & 6. Baptiste's 12 boards a new career high. Tre Mitchell limited to 17 minutes with some foul trouble.
11/20 Rider W 82-72 Pierre (23) Diallo (6) 5-0 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Campus Game. Rider keeps it close with +12 on the glass (19 offensive), but UM rips a 12-1 run in the second to add some distance. Pierre leads with a season high. Weeks adds 21 on 7-8 shooting (6-6 from 3). Diallo, East, Tre all add 10 points.
11/23 vs Virginia L 58-46 Pierre (14) Diallo (8) 5-1 7 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, at Mohegan Sun Arena. A combination of VA's killer defense, and UM shots that refused to fall (30% overall, 19% from 3), and UM's bid to pull the major upset gets thwarted. UM cut a 16-point first half deficit to just 3 early in the second, but went ice cold again, hitting no shots in over 14 minutes.
11/24 vs St. John's L 78-63 Weeks (19) Tre Mitchell (12) 5-2 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tre throws down a two-handed dunk to put UM up 8 in the second, then it all fell apart, as SJU switches to a matchup zone defense and UM shoots 5-29 (17%) the rest of the way. Double-double for Tre (14 points). Weeks gets 17 in the first half but no field goals in the second. Pierre quiet with 8 points, 2-8 shooting.
11/29 at Rutgers L 82-57 Weeks (19) Tre Mitchell (9) 5-3 Weeks gets the start and delivers the with 19 & 7. Chatman shakes off the rust and scores 16 on 7-11 shooting. Mitchell held to 6 points on 3-10 shooting, Pierre 7 on 2-12. East 6 pts, 6 assists, but kept in check with 5 turnovers. RU shoots 53% and dominates down low with 54 points in the paint.
12/4 South Carolina L 84-80 Tre Mitchell (17) Pierre (9) 5-4 Gamecocks break UM's trap defense, getting open looks en route to 55% shooting (season high), 62% on two-pointers, and 52 points in the paint. UM's 19 turnovers also hurt, 5 each for Chatman & Tre. East scores 16, Weeks 15, Pierre 13.
12/7 at Harvard TBD TBD TBD TBD


Date Opponent Site Result Notes
US Virgin Islands exhibition trip
8/20 Calgary Dinos UVI Sports & Fitness Center3) W 89-734) Tre Mitchell 27 pts & 15 boards, Chatman 14 pts, Clergeot 12, Weeks 11, East 10 pts & 5 assists.5)
8/22 British Virgin Islands National Team UVI Sports & Fitness Center W 114-45 Box score. CJ Jackson 28 & 5, Weeks 17 & 6, Tre 16 & 5, Chatman 16 & 3, Santos 15 & 8.
8/24 US Virgin Islands National Team UVI Sports & Fitness Center W 122-86 Box score. McCall rests Pierre & Baptiste, lets Clergeot and the underclassmen play. Tre 27 & 8, Chatman 20 & 4, Weeks 16 & 6, Jackson 15 & 3, Kolton 14 & 5, Santos 12 & 9, Clergeot 11 & 5, East 7/2/5. Former Minuteman Kit Rhymer plays for USVI.
10/20 Hofstra Mullins Center W6) Closed-door scrimmage, results and box score are not to be officially announced.
10/29 Western New England Univ Mullins Center W 83-47 Everyone plays, and Weeks starts hot with 4-6 from 3, finishes with team-high 18. Tre Mitchell 13 points in 18 minutes. Pierre defers, taking just 3 shots. Baptiste 7 & 10 (team high) in 16 minutes.


All times Eastern PM, unless otherwise noted. Boldface opponents indicates an Atlantic 10 Conference game. Information subject to change.
Printable schedule
UMass master schedule
All games can be heard on the UMass Radio Network.

Date Day Time Opponent Site Event TV Streaming Video
10/29 Tue 7:00 Western New England Univ Mullins Center Exhibition none none
11/5 Tue 7:00 UMass-Lowell Mullins Center NESN NESNgo, ESPN+
11/9 Sat 1:00 at Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport CT7) none ESPN+
11/12 Tue 7:00 Northeastern Mullins Center NESNplus NESNgo, ESPN+
11/16 Sat 1:00 Central Connecticut Mullins Center Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Campus Game none ESPN+
11/20 Wed 7:00 Rider Mullins Center Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Campus Game NESN NESNgo, ESPN+
11/23 Sat Noon vs Virginia at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament ESPNNEWS Watch ESPN
11/24 Sun 3:30 vs St. John's at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament ESPN2 Watch ESPN
11/29 Fri 2:00 at Rutgers at The RAC, Piscataway NJ none BTN+
12/4 Wed 7:00 South Carolina Mullins Center CBS Sports Network8) CBS Sports Network
12/7 Sat 1:00 at Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion, Allston MA NESN ESPN+
12/11 Wed 7:00 Yale Mullins Center NESN NESNgo, ESPN+
12/20 Fri 7:00 Maine Mullins Center NESN NESNgo
12/30 Mon 7:00 at Akron at The JAR, Akron OH TBD TBD
1/5 Sun 4:00 at Saint Louis at Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis MO NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/8 Wed 7:00 La Salle Mullins Center none ESPN+
1/11 Sat 12:30 at Dayton at UD Arena, Dayton OH NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/15 Wed 7:00 at St. Bonaventure at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester NY none ESPN+
1/18 Sat 4:30 George Washington Mullins Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/22 Wed 7:00 at George Mason at EagleBank Arena, Fairfax VA none ESPN+
1/25 Sat 2:00 Duquesne Mullins Center none ESPN+
1/29 Wed 7:00 Saint Joseph's Mullins Center none ESPN+
2/1 Sat 8:00 at Davidson at Belk Arena, Davidson NC CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
2/4 Tue 7:00 at Rhode Island at Ryan Center, Kingston RI CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
2/9 Sun 2:30 George Mason Mullins Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
2/15 Sat 12:30 Dayton Mullins Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
2/18 Tue 7:00 Saint Louis Mullins Center none ESPN+
2/22 Sat 4:00 at Fordham at Rose Hill Gym, Bronx NY none ESPN+
2/26 Wed 7:00 Virginia Commonwealth Mullins Center none ESPN+
2/29 Sat 6:00 at Richmond at Robins Center, Richmond VA none ESPN+
3/4 Wed 7:00 at La Salle at Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia PA none ESPN+
3/7 Sat 7:00 Rhode Island Mullins Center none ESPN+
3/11-15 Wed-Sun TBD TBD at Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY Atlantic 10 Tournament TBD TBD



Official roster, with coaches and staff

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College TransferStatus
11Baptiste, Djery6-10235Sr.*CGonaives, Haiti / Prestonwood Christian / VanderbiltActive
0Buggs, John6-2170Fr.GHomer, LA / Putnam (CT) Science AcademyInactive. Went down in the 11/16 CCSU game with an ACL injury. Done for the season.37)38) Would qualify for a medical redshirt.
1Chatman, Sy6-8200So.FSaint Paul, MN / Cretin-Durham HallActive. Missed the first five games for personal reasons, but returned for the 11/23 Virginia game.
4Clergeot, Keon6-1185Jr.*GWinter Haven, FL / Auburndale HS/ MemphisActive
5Diallo, Samba6-7195So.FRufisque, Senegal / Pope John XXIII HS (N.J.)Active
10East, Sean6-3175Fr.GLouisville, KY / Combine AcademyActive. NLI signee39)40)41)
20 Higginbottom, Davonte6-2 Sr.*GWestwood, MA / Westwood HSActive. Walk-on42)
3Jackson, CJ6-6190Fr.GAtlanta, GA / Athens Preparatory AcademyActive. NLI signee43)44)
13Mitchell, Kolton6-4180Fr.GFort Myers, FL / Victory Rock PrepInactive. Broke his hand in Game 1 vs UMass-Lowell. Surgery on 11/20, recovery timeline TBD.45)46) Early estimate had him missing 6 weeks.47)
33Mitchell, Tre6-9235Fr.F/CPittsburgh, PA / Woodstock AcademyActive. NLI signee48)49)50)
12Pierre, Carl6-4185Jr.GBoston, MA / Boston College HSActive
2Santos, Preston6-6176Fr.G/FWarwick, RI / Woodstock AcademyActive. NLI signee51)
Walker, Dibaji6-7190So.*FColumbus, OH / Woodstock Academy / Cleveland StateInactive. NCAA transfer rules mandate he sits out in 2019-20, but he has applied for a special exemption. Status TBD.52)53)54)55)
23Weeks, TJ6-4185Fr.GWarwick, RI / Woodstock AcademyActive. NLI signee56)57)
31West, Randall6-4235Sr.*FMoorestown, N.J. / Lawrenceville SchoolActive. Walk-on. Joined the team for the Harvard game, after conclusion of the football season.58)

* Eligibility difference.

  • Djery Baptiste came to UMass after the Fall 2018 semester, after graduating early from Vanderbilt. He also has the option to play again in 2019-20 as a graduate student.59)
  • Keon Clergeot transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.60)61) Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out the 2017-18 season, but retains two years of eligibility.
  • Davonté Higginbottom will walk-on with the team in the 2019-20 season, his first year on the team. Academically, he is in the class of 2020.
  • Dibaji Walker transferred into UMass for the 2019-20 season. NCAA rules mandate he must sit out the 2019-20 season, but Walker has applied for an exemption to allow him to play immediately.62)63)64)
  • Randall West joins from the football team, where as of the 2018-19 roster, he was listed as a Redshirt Junior. He did not play in the 2015 football season, and did in 2016 and 2017.65)66)

Jalen Thomas (6-10 230 Center, Detroit MI / Univ of Detroit Jesuit HS) had signed an NLI in November 2018, but announced he re-opened his recruiting on 4/10/19.67)68) He subsequently committed to Georgia State.69)

2018-19 players lost:
Byrne, Aidan - walk-on from 2018-19 no longer listed on the roster
Cobb, Curtis - reported that he would transfer to Wagner70)71)
Franklin, Jaylen - announced he would transfer to The College of Wooster (OH)72)
Hayward, Kieran - announced he would transfer to Vanguard University (CA)73)74)
Holloway, Rashaan - eligibility exhausted
Laurent, Jonathan - announced he would transfer to Oklahoma State75)76)
McLean, Unique - reported that he would transfer to St. Francis (NY)77)
Pipkins, Luwane - announced he would transfer to Providence78)79)80)
Turner-Morris, Khalea - lingering injuries forced him to stop playing, prior to the season starting81)
Wood, Tre - announced he would transfer to LIU-Brooklyn 82)83)

Team photo

Back row (L to R): Sy Chatman (1), Dibaji Walker (24), Djery Baptiste (11), Tre Mitchell (33), CJ Jackson (3), Preston Santos (2), Samba Diallo (5)
Front row (L to R): Davonte Higginbottom (20), Sean East (10), Kolton Mitchell (13), John Buggs (0), TJ Weeks (23), Keon Clergeot (4), Carl Pierre (12)

Pre-Season Predictions

In the Atlantic 10 Pre-Season predictions, UMass was picked to finish 11th out of the 14 teams. No Minuteman was included in any of the All-League Teams (1st/2nd/3rd/Defensive).

Season Honors

Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week

  • TJ Weeks, week ending 11/1084)
  • Sean East, week ending 11/1785)
WBA is Fairfield's alternate home court. Game counts as road game.
UMass 103, Duquesne 53, on 1/24/1995
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