KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC (10-13, 3-4) dropped a 74-63 contest to a tough CSU Bakersfield (14-7, 5-1) squad on Saturday evening at Municipal Auditorium. The Roos shot 47 percent (20-for-43) from the floor, 50 percent (10-for-20) from 3-point range and 93 percent (13-for-14) at the foul line, but committed 23 turnovers. Bakersfield shot 56 percent (24-for-43) for the game.
Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) paced the Roos offensively with 14 points in 29 reserve minutes. He was 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the foul line. LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) added 13 points while Broderick Newbill (Kansas City, Mo.) and Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) both added 11.
UMKC started the game hot offensively, beginning on 5-0 and 7-1 runs before the Roadrunners battled back. The game was a back-and-forth battle until halftime, with Bakersfield holding a 33-28 advantage at the break. The Roos shot 59 percent (10-for-17) from the field during the initial 20 minutes.
CSUB put together a strong second half and did not relinquish the lead. The Runners pulled ahead 49-36 with 13:18 remaining before the Roos battled back to cut the deficit to 59-53 with 5:39 left but that was as close as UMKC would come.
The Roos forced 17 Bakersfield turnovers and dished out 11 assists on 20 made field goals. Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) tied a career-high with four dimes.
Matt Smith led CSUB with a game-high 18 points. Shon Briggs added 14 points while Jaylin Airington finished with 12.
UMKC finishes its home stand with a 6:35 p.m. CT nonconference finale vs. Ottawa on Tuesday.
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