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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – UMKC (7-6) was defeated 112-67 by No. 12 West Virginia (9-1) Saturday afternoon at WVU Coliseum. LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) led the Roos with a game-high 14 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) and Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) each contributed 12 points.
Early 3-pointers by Boyd and Ross tied the score 8-8 nearly five minutes into the contest. The high-powered attack of the Mountaineers then went on a 24-0 run and the Roos were never able to recover.
UMKC trailed 56-24 at intermission. Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) paced UMKC with seven points in the first half. Boyd added six on two 3-pointers. The Roos shot 48 percent (10-for-21) from the floor during the initial 20 minutes. WVU shot 55 percent (22-for-40) from the field in the opening half.
In the second half, UMKC scored 43 points, connected on 15 field goals and shot 73 percent (8-for-11) from the free throw line.
“I was really proud of the guys coming back in the second half,” head coach Kareem Richardson said. “I think we had seven turnovers in the second half [and] took care of the basketball a little better. The second half we can certainly build from.
“I’m excited to see where we can go. I love this group of guys and I know they’ll continue to fight and compete. We’ll be okay.”
For Boyd, it was his 36th game scoring in double figures over his 2-year UMKC career.
As a team, UMKC shot 46 percent (25-for-54) from the floor and 32 percent (9-for-28) from beyond the arc. WVU shot 53 percent (41-for-77) from the field and 70 percent (19-for-27) from the foul line. The Mountaineers forced 27 turnovers and displayed their trademark full-court press.
Seven WVU players scored in double figures, led by Nathan Adrian with 13. Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins earned his 800th career victory.
UMKC returns home to face UT Martin Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. CT at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.
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