Pierre scores 21 to lift UMass past VCU 60-52
Tre Mitchell had 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks for UMass (13-15, 7-8 Atlantic 10 Conference). Sean East II added 10 points and six assists.
VCU scored 19 points in the second half, a season low for the team.
Marcus Santos-Silva had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Rams (17-11, 7-8), who have now lost five games in a row. De’Riante Jenkins added 13 points and seven rebounds.
UMass matches up against Richmond on the road on Saturday. VCU matches up against George Washington at home on Saturday.