(Kansas City, Mo.) - UMKC shot a blistering 61 percent from the field and hit 13 three-pointers, while holding Western Illinois to only 35.8 percent shooting, and snapped an eight-game skid on Thursday night in convincing fashion, 72-50.
The Kangaroos (8-13, 2-7 SL) also snapped a three-game losing streak at home in the contest. The Leathernecks (9-8, 4-5 SL) were handed their most lopsided loss since their season opener, and their biggest in Summit League play all season.
The contest was back-and-forth during the first 11 minutes at 9-9, until senior guard Reggie Chamberlain got hot from three-point range. He hit five threes in a span of six minutes, putting UMKC up by 11 at the end of it, 27-16 with 2:15 left in the half.
The Leathernecks didn't go away though, closing the period on an 8-2 rally to make it 29-24 at the half. UMKC hit 50 percent in the period, including 17 points and 5-of-6 three-point attempts from Chamberlain. WIU shot 33.3 percent, but took nine more shots than UMKC.
The final period was all Kangaroos though. UMKC hit 16-of-23 shot attempts for a white-hot 69.6 percent, while holding WIU to only 38.5 percent. Chamberlain hit a three with 16:21 on the clock to push the 'Roos lead to eight, then hit another a minute later to make it 41-30. By the 9:50 mark it was a 15-point UMKC lead.
The Leathernecks made one last push at the 'Roos, going on an 8-0 run to cut the advantage to seven, but that was as close as it would get. UMKC answered with a flurry of points from sophomore forward Kirk Korver, who tallied 11 points in a five-minute span to push the lead to 22, the largest of the night.
The 'Roo defense was instrumental down the stretch, holding the Leathernecks to only three points in the final eight minutes. The UMKC offense on the other hand, scored 18 points during that same period of time. The Kangaroos missed only six shots the entire half, and went 7-of-11 from three.
Chamberlain tallied 23 points to lead the Kangaroos, hitting a career-best seven threes. Korver also had a career-high, scoring 18 points, 15 of which came in the final period.
Sophomore forward Trinity Hall started his first game since coming off an injury that sidelined him for five games, and helped the Kangaroos out-rebound the Leathernecks 28-22. He put up 13 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double of the season for any UMKC player. Also in double-figures was junior Thomas Staton, who scored 11 of his 13 in the second stanza.
UMKC will host IUPUI in a doubleheader with the women on Saturday evening. The men's game tips off at 7:05 p.m., and both will be televised on KSMO-TV in Kansas City.