KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC (15-13, 7-4) men’s basketball cruised past Chicago State (6-22, 1-10) 84-65 on Saturday afternoon in the home finale at Municipal Auditorium. The Roos scored a season-high 45 first-half points and led for the game’s final 31:19. Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) continued his strong play with a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
UMKC has its first 5-game winning streak since an 11-game run from Jan. 3 – Feb. 3, 2005. The 11 home wins this season are the most for the program since the 2010-11 campaign.
“We got some stops to really help ignite us,” head coach Kareem Richardson said. “I thought we made extra passes and the guys worked to go from good to great shots.”
“I’m really proud of those seniors, especially the leadership they’ve been taking in the huddle,” Richardson said. “Those guys have been awesome. Their perseverance and staying with the ups and downs, I’m just really proud.”
Early on, the teams traded baskets as both sides featured an up-tempo attack. Ross gave UMKC a lead on a 3-pointer with 11:19 remaining in the first half and the Roos went on a 13-2 run over 2:51. Later in the half, UMKC put together a 12-2 run over 2:38 to take a commanding lead.
In the second half, it was a lot of the same story as the Roos opened on a 13-2 run after the break. The lead grew to as much as 30 at 84-54 with 3:48 left before all five seniors exited the game to a loud ovation from the crowd of 2,061, the largest of the season.
UMKC shot 50 percent (30-for-60) from the field for the second straight game. The Roos drained 14 triples.
The Roos limited the Cougars to 38 percent (26-for-69) shooting form the floor and 25 percent (5-for-20) from distance.
Trayvon Palmer led Chicago State with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Roos travel to league-leading CSU Bakersfield on Thursday for a 9 p.m. CT tipoff. UMKC will then visit Grand Canyon on Saturday for an 8 p.m. CT tip on KSMO-TV.
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