KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After winning four of its last five contests, the UMKC men’s basketball team will head to Chicago, Ill., on Mar. 3 for a 4:35 p.m. CT contest with Chicago State at the Jones Convocation Center.
UMKC Kangaroos (10-20, 5-8) at Chicago State Cougars (2-28, 0-13)
Dates & Times: Mar. 3, 4:35 p.m. CT
Location: Chicago, Ill.
Site: Jones Convocation Center (7,000)
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Live Stream: WAC Digital Network
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After knocking off Seattle U, Utah Valley, Chicago State, and UTRGV in four of their last five contests, UMKC closes out the regular season when it heads to Chicago, Ill., to take on the Cougars.
The Roos have saved their best for last winning four of their last five. During the stretch, Jordan Giles leads the Roos at 15.2 ppg, while Isaiah Ross is at 10.6 ppg, Brandon McKissic is at 11.8 ppg, Xavier Bishop is at 8.8 ppg and Broderick Robinson is at 10.8 ppg.
In the first contest with the Cougars, McKissic and Giles led the Roos with 17 points apiece, with Giles adding six rebounds and McKissic chipping in three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Ross, meanwhile, was the third Roo in double figures, finishing with 14 points, including hitting 4-of-8 from three-point range, three assists and two rebounds.
At UTRGV, Robinson led the Roos in the game, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal, while McKissic added 14 points, five rebounds and two steals. Marco Smith was the third Roo in double figures, finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist, while Bishop ended the game with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds and Giles tallied 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. As a team, UMKC shot 91.7 percent (11-12) from the free throw line and outrebounded the Vaqueros 43-35. Defensively, UMKC forced 18 UTRGV turnovers and limited them to just 30.8 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range. The 24-point margin is the squad’s largest over a Division I opponent this season and the largest margin of victory over a WAC opponent since beating Seattle U 102-72 on Feb. 11, 2017 and the largest road WAC win since an 82-53 win at Chicago State on Mar. 5, 2016.
Against Seattle U, UMKC outrebounded the Redhawks, 35-32, making it the first time this season that the Roos had outrebounded their opponent. Giles had his first career double-double, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team.
In the contest with the Wolverines, Robinson tallied his second double-double of the season, pulling down a career-best 11 rebounds to go with 17 points. Giles led all scorers with 23 points, while Ross finished with 14. For the night, UMKC shot 52 percent, and hit 13-28 from three.
In UMKC’s 62-59 conference victory over CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 18, sophomore Bishop drained his first college career game-winning 3-pointer to give the Roos their first WAC win. The guard currently leads the team on the court, averaging 12.0 points per game.
Despite falling to New Mexico State on Jan. 27, Aleer Leek continued to make an impact on the defensive end, grabbing a career high 10 rebounds. The junior also has the fifth-most blocks in the league with 29, averaging 1.1 per game this season.
UMKC overcame a 16-point deficit for a 79-77 victory at USC Upstate on Jan. 2, led by a 21-point game from Ross and 20-point performance from Robinson. It marked the third time in four outings that Ross tabulated at least 20 points, while it was Robinson’s third 20-point game of the season.
In the Roos game at Incarnate Word on Dec. 16, UMKC blocked 10 shots as a team - just one shy of the program record of 11 that was set against Nicholls State in 1991.
In UMKC’s 65-55 win at UT Martin on Nov. 26, Ross became the first Roo since standout LaVell Boyd against South Dakota in 2015 to connect on 10-plus field goals in a single game.
As a team, the Roos are shooting just over 70 percent from the free throw line, with Knar shooting a team-high 82.4 percent at the charity stripe. In UMKC’s victory at USC Upstate on Jan. 2, 11 of Giles’ 15 points came at the free throw line. The Roos shot a then season-high 84.6 percent from the charity stripe at Seattle U on Jan. 13, before topping the mark with an 85.7 percent number in the home contest with the Redhawks on Feb. 8.
The Roos are averaging 6.5 steals per game, compared to their opponents at 5.2 per contest. Robinson leads the team and the WAC with 43 on the year, while Smith has 28, McKissic has 24 and Bishop has 22.
Kareem Richardson’s troop features six returning letterwinners and welcomes nine newcomers this season. The Roos will look to the senior leadership of Robinson, as UMKC lost all five of its starters from 2016-17. Robinson, along with Bishop played in all 35 games for the Roos last season, while Ross made an appearance in 34 contests. Richardson enters his fifth year at the helm of the Roos program.
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