(Kansas City, Mo.) - The temperature wasn't the only thing that was cold on Thursday in Fargo as Kansas City men's basketball shot 26 percent and was stifled by North Dakota State, 71-34.
Kansas City's point total was the lowest ever in a conference game, and it was the second largest margin of defeat in league play.
The opening half was a slow starting one to say the least as it was 0-0 at the first media timeout with 15:26 to play. North Dakota State (17-5, 8-2 SL) heated up a little after the 10 minute mark though, and pushed its lead to 20-7 with 5:11 on the clock. Kansas City (6-17, 3-7 SL) didn't reach double-figures until only one minute remained in the period, and went into the half down 28-12.
It was the fewest number of points in a half all season for the 'Roos, who shot 23.8 percent. Caleb Johnson came in to grab six points off the bench to lead UMKC, matching his career-high.
The second stanza was all Bison as well, as the margin got to 25 by the 11:55 mark on a fastbreak dunk. With 7:31 on the clock it was up to 37, and got to as many as 41 before the night was done.
The 'Roos, who were playing without leading rebounder Fred Chatmon, were out-rebounded by a 43-24 margin. That, combined with 49 percent shooting from NDSU, as well as a 30-4 advantage in points off turnovers, resulted in the final margin.
Trinity Hall led the 'Roos with nine points, while NDSU was paced by 14 from Mike Felt.
Kansas City will head to South Dakota State on Saturday for a game at 4:05 p.m. that will be televised on Fox College Sports.