CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The UMKC men’s basketball team (3-7) battled back from a 12-point deficit against Southeast Missouri (5-4) on Wednesday night, but the Redhawks held on for the 91-87 victory at the Show Me Center.
Southeast Missouri came out firing, tallying five early points on the board to start the game. A block by Aleer Leek (Juba, South Sudan) converted into a layup by Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) on the other end to crush the Redhawks momentum.
A 3-pointer by Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) spoiled Southeast Missouri’s run, as Robinson converted a three-point play to bring the Roos within one at the first media break of the half.
A pair of treys – courtesy of Robinson and Marvin Nesbitt Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) – knotted the game at 16-all. Southeast Missouri jumped out to a 12-point lead, before back-to-back 3-pointers by Robinson cut the Redhawk lead back to single digits.
Southeast Missouri continued to push the ball at UMKC in the first half, closing on a 7-0 run to hold the 48-37 advantage going into the locker room. Robinson led all scorers at the break with 17 points and five boards, while Nesbitt Jr. notched 10 points and four rebounds.
A layup by Steve Dulley (Kansas City, Mo.) at the 15:07 mark brought the Roos within three points of the Redhawks. Back-to-back buckets in the paint by Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) continued UMKC’s offensive momentum. A 3-pointer off the bench from Brandon McKissic (Ferguson, Mo.), and another by Bishop, brought the Roos within one point on two occasions at the halfway point. Robinson’s fifth bucket from behind the arc helped UMKC come within one point for the final time, before the Redhawks pulled away for the 91-87 victory.
Bishop finished the night with 18 points – tying his career high – while dishing out a team-high five assists. Robinson led all scorers with 24 points – just two shy of a career high – while grabbing a career high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Leek blocked a career high four shots, while Nesbitt Jr. scored a career-high 15 points of UMKC’s 34 points off the bench.
UMKC will continue its road swing at NC State on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tip-off between the Roos and the Wolfpack is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
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