Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Jackrabbits Run Past Kangaroos on Saturday, 85-58
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:01/14/2012

(Brookings, S.D.) - South Dakota State jumped on UMKC from the start on Saturday night, and coasted to an 85-58 victory at Frost Arena, extending the 'Roos losing streak to eight.

UMKC (7-13, 1-7 SL) had a rough start to the game, with SDSU (15-5, 7-1 SL) jumping out to a 17-6 lead in the first 11 minutes. The Kangaroos missed several layups during the stretch, and finished the first half hitting only 26.7 percent of their shots.

SDSU on the other hand, was on fire, hitting 55.2 percent in the half. The Jackrabbits were up 28-16 with 2:27 left in the half after Thomas Staton drilled a three for the 'Roos, but they closed the half on a huge rally. SDSU scored 12 points, and allowed only two from UMKC, and went into the break with a 40-18 lead.

The Jacks out-scored UMKC 11-0 in points off turnovers, and held a 22-15 rebound advantage as well in the period. Leading scorer Nate Wolters led SDSU with 13 points and three assists, while UMKC had no scorer with more than six points. It was the second-largest deficit of the season at the half, as the 'Roos trailed by 23 at Wisconsin.

The Jackrabbits put it away early in the final stanza, scoring 21 points in the first 5:28, making it 61-21. They pushed their lead to as many as 42 on a few occasions, before emptying the bench with 12 minutes to play.

UMKC finally got going offensively from there, going on a 20-8 run over the next 6+ minutes to make it 77-47. The Kangaroos scored 31 points over the final 11 minutes after tallying 27 points during the game's first 29 minutes. They shot 50 percent in the final half as well.

For the game, UMKC shot 37 percent, while SDSU hit 54.7 percent. The Jacks also used a 41-23 rebound advantage in the contest.

Reggie Chamberlain finished with 11 points, breaking in to the UMKC top-20 all-time leading scorers. Staton also finished in double figures with 11.

The Jacks were balanced, with five players in double figures and all 10 players that got in the game playing at least 11 minutes.

UMKC will head back home for a two-game stand, starting with a contest against Western Illinois to finish the first half of the Summit League schedule on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. It is Hall of Fame weekend, with the induction ceremony taking place Friday night, and the 'Roos hosting IUPUI on Saturday night.

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