(Kansas City, Mo.) - Kansas City out-scored IUPUI 42-18 in the paint and took a 38-26 rebound advantage on Thursday night in the Summit League opener, coasting to a 79-65 victory in men's basketball action at Swinney Recreation Center. Junior center Fred Chatmon was a big part of it, setting career-bests of 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
The Kangaroos (3-3, 1-0 SL) have now defeated the Jaguars (3-5, 0-1 SL) in back-to-back games for the first time since January 3 and 20 of 2005. It was also the largest margin of victory for the 'Roos since that season, and the biggest ever at home in the series.
The contest was back-and-forth through the first seven minutes, tied at 14, but Kansas City took control from there, going on a 20-2 run over the next six minutes. The catalyst during the rally was junior guard Nate Rogers, who scored seven of the UMKC points, while Chatmon capped it with a dunk with 6:43 to play.
The 'Roos would get that lead to as many as 20 with 2:19 to play in the half with a three from senior guard Thomas Staton. They went into the break with a 45-26 lead, shooting 47 percent and holding the Jaguars to only 34.6 percent. Kansas City also had a commanding 25-13 lead on the glass, and forced IUPUI into 14 turnovers.
Chatmon and Rogers each led the way with 11 points. IUPUI was paced by sharpshooter P.J. Hubert, who had 10.
The Jaguars heated up in the second stanza, shooting 48.4 percent, but 63.6 percent of the 'Roos shots found the net. Kansas City kept up with the Jaguar pace throughout the half, never letting the guests get closer than 14 points, while going ahead by as many as 22.
Junior forward Kirk Korver hit both of his three-pointers in the half, including a big one at the 7:03 mark that put the margin back to 17. Every time the Jags tried to go on a rally, UMKC stopped it with a bucket on the other end.
UMKC shot 53.4 percent for the game, thanks in part to the 42 points in the paint, and tallied 15 points on offensive rebounds. Rogers finished with a season-best 13 points, while Staton tallied 11 and Korver put up 10, adding to the 20-point night from Chatmon, which was the highest total by any 'Roo this season.
IUPUI got 18 points from Hubert, while Donovan Gibbs had 14 and eight boards.
Kansas City will continue conference play on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. against Western Illinois at Swinney. The game will be televised on KSMO in Kansas City.