KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior guard LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) scored a game-high 24 points and set career-highs with seven assists and 12 made free throws in UMKC’s (5-2) 86-75 victory over Southeast Missouri (3-3) on Monday evening at Municipal Auditorium. The Roos drained a season-best 12 shots from beyond the arc for the second consecutive game.
“The cool thing about our stat line, especially offensively, is 18 assists on 25 field goals is really good,” head coach Kareem Richardson said. “I thought we did a great job of sharing the ball. In the first half, we pointed it out to the guys that we had 11 assists, and to come back and duplicate that – that’s one of our goals – to have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio.”
UMKC shot 63 percent (12-for-19) from 3-point range and 54 percent (25-for-46) from the field. Seven different players drained 3-pointers. In the second half, the Roos shot 85 percent (22-for-26) from the free throw line to seal the victory.
Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and was a perfect 3-for-3 from distance in his first career start. He connected on his first five shot attempts.
Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) added 13 points and a team-leading six rebounds. He was 5-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from long range.
In the second half alone, Boyd scored 20 points and knocked down all 12 of his free throw attempts. He had four assists in the first half and three over the final 20 minutes.
Denzel Mahoney paced SEMO with 20 points and five rebounds. Antonius Cleveland added 16 points, five boards and three blocks.
UMKC continues the home stand with a 6:35 p.m. CT tipoff vs. South Dakota on Wednesday evening in downtown Kansas City.
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