UMKC Falls To IUPUI In Indy, 90-70
UMKC Athletics 2-2-2008
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Freshman James Humphrey scored career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (8) on Saturday night at IUPUI. The Jaguars, however, used a strong second half to run out 90-70 winners.
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Indianapolis, Ind. The UMKC men’s basketball team dropped a 90-70 road contest at IUPUI on Saturday night at The Jungle. Playing without the services of leading scorer Dane Brumagin, the Kangaroos trailed by just three points at the half, but the Jaguars shot .704 (19-27) from the floor over the final 20 minutes to cruise to the 20-point victory.

IUPUI came out scorching from the floor, as they made eight of nine shots over the first seven minutes to build a 20-15 advantage. After a three-minute scoreless drought by both teams, Spencer Johnson got the Kangaroos to within three with a short jumper, but the Jags proceeded to rattle off seven straight points to push its advantage to double figures at 27-17 with 6:45 remaining in the half.

IUPUI pushed its lead to 12 points (36-24) with 2:37 on the clock, before UMKC used a 10-1 spurt to climb to within three points at the break. Freshman Reggie Hamilton connected on a pair of treys to key the run, which included a triple with 30 seconds left to make the score 37-34.

Coming out of the locker room, the Jaguars scored nine of the first 12 points to stretch their lead to nine points (46-37) with 17:58 remaining. The Kangaroos got to within six behind a Hamilton jumper and a Kenny Simms free throw, but Austin Montgomery hit a triple and George Hill followed with a dunk to push the advantage to 11 points with 15:32 left.

The two squads traded field goals over the next four minutes, before the Jaguars began pulling away. IUPUI, which made 16-of-its-first-19 second half shots, pushed its advantage to 15 points on a Montgomery three pointer at the 10:34 mark.

The Jaguars then stretched the margin to 20 (78-58) with 7:25 remaining, and the lead stuck as IUPUI claimed the 90-70 victory.

UMKC finished with a .410 (25-61) field goal percentage and a .313 (10-32) mark from long range. IUPUI, meanwhile, shot a scorching .586 (34-58) from the floor and .500 (10-20) from behind the three-point line. The Jags also had 26 assists on its 34 made field goals.

Four Kangaroo players finished the contest in double figures. Hamilton paced the squad with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with seven assists. Freshman James Humphrey finished with career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (8), and Nathan Balch also finished with 12 points in the contest. Simms was the fourth player in double digits, as he added 11 on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting in the game.

Four IUPUI players also posted double-digit scoring outputs. Hill finished with a double-double with 23 points and 10 boards, and Montgomery finished with 22 in the contest.

UMKC (8-16, 3-8) will wrap up its three-game road trip at Southern Utah on Feb. 9.

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