KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC (11-13, 3-4) sank a season-high 16 shots from 3-point range and dished out 24 assists in a 93-67 victory over Ottawa (10-13, 8-8) on Tuesday evening at Municipal Auditorium. Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) and Broderick Newbill (Kansas City, Mo.) led the way with 20 points each while Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) added a career-high nine assists.
The 24 assists are the most during the Kareem Richardson era and the most by UMKC since dishing out 25 vs. Longwood in a 93-53 victory on Nov. 26, 2011. Bishop’s nine assists mark the highest total by a Roos player since 2015.
Steward drained a career-high five triples in the contest while Newbill added a career-best three treys. Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) added 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
In the first half alone, UMKC drained 10 shots from beyond the arc, which was one shy of the program record. The 16 total treys also fall one short of a school record.
“We accomplished what we wanted to out of this one,” Richardson said. “If you make 16 [3-pointers], you’ll take that any day. We tell our guys all the time, ‘If you’re a 3-point shooter and you’re open, you’ve got to be ready to knock it in.’”
UMKC opened the game on an 8-0 run and opened the second half on a 7-0 run. The Roos also added a 13-0 run over 1:55 late in the first half, keyed by three consecutive 3-pointers by Steward.
For the game, UMKC shot 48 percent (34-for-71) from the field and 38 percent (16-for-41) from distance.
The Roos tied a season-high with 46 rebounds, led by a career-high seven boards from Jordan Giles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) in 17 reserve minutes. Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) tied a career-best with six boards for the fourth time this season.
Ottawa was limited to 30 percent (19-for-64) shooting from the floor and a 24 percent (6-for-25) total from beyond the arc.
UMKC returns to Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday with a 7 p.m. CT tipoff at UT Rio Grande Valley in a matchup that will air on the WAC Digital Network.
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