KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC (10-12, 3-3) outscored Grand Canyon (13-8, 3-2) 53-35 in the second half as the Roos earned an 83-77 victory Thursday evening at Municipal Auditorium. LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) led the Roos with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Broderick Newbill (Kansas City, Mo.) added a career-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The Roos forced 22 turnovers and had four players score in double figures.
“It was such a team win,” head coach Kareem Richardson said. “What we’ve been trying to talk about with these guys is guys playing for one another unselfishly. I thought our guys in the second half were playing that way.”
It was a game of runs throughout as the contest featured seven ties and seven lead changes.
After falling behind 14-5, the Roos went on an 11-0 run to pull ahead, highlighted by a thunderous right-handed dunk by Newbill to tie the score at 14 with 11:00 left before halftime. Grand Canyon answered back with a run of their own, outscoring the Roos 26-14 over the last 8:57 of the first half to grab a 42-30 halftime lead.
The Roos opened the second half with an aggressive full court press that frustrated the Lopes and keyed an 11-0 run over 1:50 that featured three straight triples by Boyd, Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Newbill to regain the lead with 16:14 remaining.
It was a back-and-forth battle the rest of the way with UMKC answering every GCU challenge. The game was tied at 50 (14:11), 54 (12:15), 66 (6:42), 69 (5:31) and 71 (4:38) before the Roos took the lead for good on two Newbill free throws with 3:48 left.
In the second half alone, UMKC shot 54 percent (13-for-24) from the floor, 83 percent (5-for-6) from 3-point range and 79 percent (22-for-28) from the foul line. After allowing the Lopes to shoot 60 percent (12-for-20) from the field in the first half, the Roos limited GCU to 34 percent (11-for-32) shooting and a 1-for-9 mark from beyond the arc during the final 20 minutes.
Boyd scored 20 points after halftime while Newbill added 14 of his points in the second half.
For the game, UMKC shot 46 percent (25-for-54) from the floor, 40 percent (6-for-15) from 3-point range and 79 percent (27-for-34) from the foul line. GCU finished at 44 percent (23-for-52) from the field, 36 percent (5-for-14) from long range and 81 percent (26-for-32) from the charity stripe.
Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) finished with 14 points and seven rebounds while Robinson added 10 points, four boards and a career-high four steals.
Boyd finished 6-for-15 from the floor and 11-for-13 at the free throw line.
UMKC continues its home stand with a 7:05 p.m. CT tipoff vs. CSU Bakersfield on Saturday evening in downtown Kansas City.
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