KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Coming off a 2-0 week, the UMKC (10-16, 5-6 WAC) men’s basketball team visits Seattle U (13-12, 1-9 WAC) Thursday at the Redhawk Center. Tip-off is 9 p.m. CST. The Roos are searching for their first conference road win, having been unsuccessful in their last five road tries this year. Seattle is attempting to snap a four-game losing streak.
- Conference Race - In the nine-team Western Athletic Conference standings, UMKC is seventh, just .5-game behind California Baptist and 1.5-games behind fourth-place teams UT Rio Grande Valley and CSU Bakersfield. Seattle sits in eighth-place at 1-9.
- Up Next - The Roos wrap up the two-game road swing Saturday at Utah Valley with game time at 8 p.m. CST. UMKC lost earlier this year to the Wolverines, 75-67.
- Last time out - The UMKC men’s basketball team (10-16, 5-6 WAC) held off a late CSU Bakersfield (16-10, 7-5 WAC) rally to knock-off the Roadrunners, 75-67, on Feb. 16 at the Swinney Center. Three Roos reached double figures in scoring in the victory, with Xavier Bishop and Jordan Giles leading the way with 14 each, while Danny Dixon added 12. In the second half, UMKC built its lead to a game-high 16 on three separate occasions, including lastly when Giles knocked down a pair of free throws with 14:26 left in the contest. The Roadrunners closed the deficit to three with just over seven minutes remaining, but the Roos responded with Dixon finding Rob Whitfield for a three and Dixon following with a pair of free throws to push the lead back to eight. Three more times CSUB trimmed the lead down to five, but eight UMKC made free throws down the stretch sealed the Kansas City victory.
- A win at Seattle U means... the Roos first road WAC victory of the year and first since Feb. 22, 2018 when UMKC took down UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas by an 83-59 score... be the first three-game win streak of the year, and longest since a four-gamer from Feb. 8 - 22, 2018... move to 9-4 in the overall series against Seattle... improve to 5-1 in the last six games against Seattle... exceed last year’s season total of 10 wins... move to 6-6 in the WAC and surpass conference win total of last year (5-9).
- Series History with Seattle U - The Roos hold an 8-4 advantage in the overall series, which includes a 2-3 mark in games played in Seattle. UMKC has won four out of the last five meetings. In the last game at Seattle, the Redhawks won 77-75 on Jan. 13, 2018. The last UMKC win on the road was Jan. 12, 2017 in the 84-68 contest.
- Previous meeting with Seattle U - UMKC overcame a 10-point deficit late, using the energy of a raucous home crowd to defeat Seattle U, 63-54, Jan. 26 in WAC action at the Swinney Center. Xavier Bishop notched his 18th-straight double-digit effort with a game-high 22 points. Trailing by 10 at 47-37, Jamel Allen’s triple at the 7:10 mark ignited a game-clinching and impressive run that eventually lifted the Roos to a victory. The Roos whittled away the deficit in the next three minutes, taking the lead, 50-49, at the 4:03 mark on a Rob Whitfield jumper. UMKC would never relinquish that lead. After two Brandon McKissic free throws, Terrell Brown connected on a pair of freebies and Seattle was down by just one, 52-51. However, Bishop scored six-straight points and the Roos limited Seattle to three points in the final three minutes of the game to ice the victory.
- Scouting the Opponent - The Redhawks enter Thursday in need of a victory. They are on a four-game losing streak and have lost nine of their last 10 games. Five players average at least 12 points on the year, led by Myles Carter’s 14.4 points and Matej Kavas’ 14.1 points. Carter is also first in rebounding (8.0), blocks (50) and field goal percentage (.519). Seattle ranks No. 1 in the league in 3-point accuracy (38.5) and blocks (3.7).