BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – UMKC (3-2) was defeated 95-77 by Green Bay (3-2) – the defending Horizon League Tournament champions – on Monday afternoon at the Stroh Center. Senior guard LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) led UMKC with season-highs of 23 points and six rebounds.
“They do a tremendous job of sharing the basketball,” head coach Kareem Richardson said. “We got a little shell shocked with how fast the pace was.”
The Roos finished 2-1 in the Bill Frack Tournament after defeating host Bowling Green and Murray State the previous two days.
“We definitely take positives from this tournament,” Richardson said. “You play these tournaments to prepare yourselves for down the road there in March. We got over the hump of winning that second game, and now we’ll know hopefully what it takes and the type of focus and preparation that you’ve got to have for that third game. We’ll learn from it. I’m proud of our guys coming in here and competing the way they did.”
UMKC got off to a strong start, grabbing a 12-4 lead over the first 5:22 and an 18-7 advantage through the initial 7:49. Boyd scored the first five points for the Roos. Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) drained a 3-pointer during the early run while King and Newbill both scored four points during that stretch.
The Phoenix then fought back to tie the score at 27-27 with 4:40 remaining in the half, propelled by a fast break attack. At halftime, the Roos trailed 43-34.
UMKC and Green Bay both shot over 45 percent in the first half and made 14 field goals. The Phoenix held the advantage with 10 made free throws compared to only two by the Roos at the break.
In the second half, Green Bay’s hot shooting continued as the Phoenix opened the half on a 12-2 run. The lead grew to around 20 points for much of the final 20 minutes.
Newbill drained a 3-pointer and Boyd followed with a layup to cut the deficit to 85-71 with 4:03 remaining but that was as close as the Roos would come as the high-powered Phoenix attack continued to knock down shots.
For the game, UMKC shot 47 percent (31-for-66) from the floor and 37 percent (11-for-30) from 3-point range. Green Bay shot 53 percent (32-for-60) from the field and 33 percent (8-for-24) from beyond the arc.
Four Phoenix players finished in double figures, led by Charles Cooper and Warren Jones, who both scored 17 points.
UMKC returns to Kansas City for a three-game home stand at Municipal Auditorium beginning Friday with a 7:35 p.m. CT tipoff vs. Arkansas Monticello. The Roos will then host Southeast Missouri on Monday, Nov. 28 and South Dakota on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Both of those starts are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT.
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