LAWRENCE, Kan. – UMKC (6-4) drained its first five 3-pointers against No. 3 Kansas (8-1) on Tuesday night but the hot shooting early would not hold up as the Jayhawks earned a 105-62 victory. LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) led the Roos with 17 points, two rebounds and two assists. Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) added nine points, all from beyond the 3-point arc. UMKC drained 10 triples in the game.
The streaky shooting from beyond the arc kept UMKC in the game early. Jordan Giles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) sank a 3-pointer with 12:08 remaining the first half to pull within five at 22-17. Giles again trimmed the lead to five at 24-19 with 11:11 left and Broderick Newbill (Kansas City, Mo.) drained a triple to make the score 27-22 with 10:19 left before halftime.
From there, the high-powered Kansas offense caught fire. The Jayhawks held a 51-35 halftime lead and didn’t let up in the second half. KU set an Allen Fieldhouse record with 15 treys in the contest. Frank Mason paced the Jayhawks with 30 points. Josh Jackson added 19 points while Devonte’ Graham registered 18.
UMKC shot 36 percent (22-for-62) from the floor, 39 percent (10-for-26) from 3-point range and 73 percent (8-for-11) at the foul line. In the first half, the Roos shot 53 percent (8-for-15) from beyond the arc.
Kansas shot 57 percent (39-for-69) from the field and 56 percent (15-for-27) from distance.
The Roos return home to face William Jewell at 4:05 p.m. CT Saturday at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City. UMKC’s women’s team will play the first half of the doubleheader with a 1 p.m. tip. Both teams will wear specially-designed uniforms courtesy of Charlie Hustle as part of the ‘Kansas City Day’ promotion.
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