KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior guard LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) scored 21 points and drained four 3-pointers as UMKC earned a 97-82 victory over Arkansas Monticello Friday evening at Municipal Auditorium. Five other Roos scored in double figures, including a career-high 17 points by freshman guard Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.).
“That’s a really good sign that we’ll be fine offensively,” head coach Kareem Richardson said. “We needed that for sure. We needed to score some points to get some separation. Scoring the ball is not going to be the issue for us.”
UMKC shot 83 percent (10-for-12) from 3-point range in the second half as the Roos made the first seven triples after halftime, including three from Boyd, who also finished with four assists and four rebounds.
“It’s all about confidence,” Boyd said. “It’s just a different type of energy [when the team is hitting shots]. That brings a lot of enthusiasm to us from the bench as well as on the court. That gave us momentum to do what we were supposed to do.”
For the game, UMKC shot 50 percent (33-for-66) from the floor and 48 percent (12-for-25) from beyond the arc. The 12 made 3-pointers are a season-high.
In addition to Boyd and Bishop, Martez Harrison (Kansas City, Mo.), Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.), Broderick Newbill (Kansas City, Mo.) and Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) all surpassed 10 points. Harrison finished with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The Roos also blocked a season-high five shots. UMKC entered the game with six total blocks through the previous five games.
Boyd has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and 18-plus in the last five contests.
Derylton Hill led UAM with 23 points and six rebounds. UMKC forced 15 Monticello turnovers, marking the fifth time in six games that the Roos have caused at least 15 turnovers.
UMKC continues the home stand with a 6:35 p.m. CT tipoff vs. Southeast Missouri on Monday evening in downtown Kansas City.
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