(Kansas City, Mo.) - The UMKC Kangaroos hit 12 threes and got 27 points from senior Reggie Chamberlain in a 72-61 upset of third-place North Dakota State on Thursday night at Swinney Recreation Center.
The win snapped a three-game skid overall, but extended the 'Roos win streak at home to three games. The victory was also the first this season over a team in the top three of the Summit League standings.
The Kangaroos (10-16, 4-10 SL) led from the opening tip until the end of the game, thanks to a quick start. They jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first seven-plus minutes, with eight of those points coming from sophomore forward Kirk Korver, and the other seven coming from Chamberlain. The duo scored the team's first 23 points, and helped them build the lead to 12 by the 9:50 mark.
The Bison (15-9, 8-6 SL) cut into the lead with back-to-back three-pointers to make it eight with 6:02 left, but that was as close as it would be the rest of the night. UMKC went on a 12-2 rally over the next five minutes, and went into halftime up 39-23.
UMKC shot 50 percent in the period, and held NDSU to only 31.8 percent from the floor. The 'Roos also out-scored the Bison 10-4 in points off turnovers, and 14-8 in the paint. Chamberlain led all scorers with 19 first stanza points on 7-of-11 shooting.
The Kangaroos held strong in the final period, going up by 21 points with 12:55 to play, and pushing it to as many as 23 with 6:48 left. UMKC emptied the bench with three minutes to play, and NDSU cut it to 11 by the final buzzer, making the final margin look closer than it was.
UMKC was a bit more careless with the ball in the final stanza, making 12 turnovers, but shot 55 percent, including 6-of-9 from three. NDSU shot the lights out in the half, nailing 65 percent, never got closer than 11. The 'Roos out-rebounded their opponent in conference play for only the third time this season, 25-22 (out-rebounded NDSU in both meetings).
Chamberlain finished the night going 10-of-14 from the floor with four threes, while Korver had 11 points, and went 3-of-3 from long range. As a team the 'Roos hit 12-of-19 from three.
UMKC will face second-place South Dakota State on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at home. The game will be televised on KSMO in Kansas City. The Jackrabbits come in after being upset by South Dakota on Thursday, 72-68.