VERMILLION, S.D. – The UMKC men’s basketball team (3-7) erased a 10-point halftime deficit to knock-off South Dakota (4-5), 65-63, on Saturday afternoon at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
The score was tied with under 20 seconds left to play after a made free throw by South Dakota, but Xavier Bishop drew a foul with :01 left on the clock and buried the two ensuing free throws to lift UMKC to a 65-63 victory. Bishop finished with team-high’s of 15 points and seven assists for the Roos.
The Roos led by as many as five in the first half first when Rob Whitfield nailed a jumper to make it 14-9 at 13:15 and lastly when Brandon McKissic found Danny Dixon to make it 18-13 with 9:40 left in the half. USD, though, closed the half on a 27-12 run to take a 40-30 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Yotes struck first to extend the lead to 12, but a 10-2 run by the Roos brought the lead down to four.
The lead would remain in single digits for the Yotes until the 7:09 mark when a 6-0 UMKC rally, capped by a Jordan Giles layup off a Bishop assist, evened the score at 57-57.
USD regained the lead, but the Roos tied the game again at 61-61 and took their first lead of the second half at 63-61 on back-to-back Bishop layups. USD would add two free throws down the stretch but Bishop’s final two free throws sealed the win for UMKC.
Richardson on the Roos:
“We had a big time second half defensively. I’m so proud of the way our guys stuck together this afternoon.”
· UMKC returns to Kansas City on Dec. 13 when they welcome in Milwaukee to Municipal Auditorium for 6 p.m. CT contest against the Panthers.
· Xavier Bishop hit two free throws with :01 left on the clock to give UMKC back the lead.
· With the win, UMKC evens the all-time series at 4-4.
· The Roos trailed by 10 at half, but tied the game at 57-57 for the first time in the second half with 7:09 to go.
· UMKC took its first lead in the second half on a Bishop layup with 2:52 to make it 63-61.
· UMKC led by as many as five in the first half.
· UMKC limited the Yotes to 36.8 percent shooting from the field, including 12.5 percent (1-for-8) from three-point range, and 23 points, while forcing 12 turnovers.
· UMKC won back-to-back road games for the first time since 2014-15 when they beat Utah Valley 66-59 in Orem on Jan. 31. 2015 and Chicago State 61-50 in Chicago on Feb. 14, 2015.
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