STORRS, Conn. – The UMKC men’s basketball team (0-3) dropped its contest with perennial powerhouse UConn (2-0) on Sunday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion, 94-66.
Danny Dixon led the Roos in the loss, scoring a career-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line, while adding a team-high six rebounds and a steal. Brandon McKissic was the only other Roo in double figures, scoring 10 points, his third tim ereaching double figures in as many games this season, with three assists, two steals and two rebounds.
The Roos opened up the contest with the game’s first points when Dixon buried a jumper and stretched the lead to 10-6 when Dixon connected on his second basket of the game, following threes by Xavier Bishop and Aleer Leek.
UConn scored the next six points and, after Jordan Giles retied the game at 12, the Huskies went on a 14-0 run to take a 26-12 lead.
Bishop ended the rally with his second three of the game, but Connecticut followed with the next nine points to build a 35-15 advantage.
UConn went on to stretch the lead to a first half-high 21, but a basket from Brandon Suggs cut the lead to 50-33 at halftime.
Coming out of the break, McKissic connected on a free throw to make it a 16-point game and seven minutes later Giles knocked down a pair of free throw to bring the lead down to 15.
The Huskies, however, answered with a 13-3 run to go ahead 71-46 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
UConn would go on to extend their lead to a game-high 31, but Steve Dulley connected on a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 94-66 at the final horn.
For the Roos, Giles finished with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal, Bishop finished with eight points three assists, two steals and a rebound and Suggs finished with eight points, a rebound, a steal and a block.
Jamel Allen, meanwhile, scored seven points with four rebounds and a steal.
As a team, UMKC scored 28 points in the paint and had 21 points off the bench, while scoring seven points off 12 forced turnovers.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Friday, Nov., 11 when they take on Morehead State at 4 p.m. CT in the 2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project.
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