SEATTLE, Wash. – The UMKC men’s basketball team (10-17, 5-7) dropped a tightly contested match-up at Seattle U (13-12, 1-9), 69-64, on Thursday night at the Redhawk Center.
“Our guys competed their tails off,” Head Coach Kareem Richardson said. “Unfortunately, we missed several shots in the second (half) that we normally make. It was a tight, back-and-forth game and we just came up a little short.”
The Roos had three shots from long range to tie or take the lead with under 30 seconds left in the contest, but were unable to connect as Seattle U picked up the home victory.
Brandon Suggs led UMKC, as the sophomore posted career-highs of 11 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double. Xavier Bishop, meanwhile, paced the Roos in scoring with 14 points, while Jamel Allen was the final Kangaroo in double figures with 13 points.
In the first half, the Roos opened the game on an 8-2 run, getting threes from Brandon McKissic and Bishop during the stretch.
The Redhawks briefly grabbed the lead at 12-10, but UMKC quickly reclaimed the advantage and stretched it to as many as eight late in the half when Suggs made back-to-back layups, converting an and-one on the second.
Seattle U closed the half with the last basket, but the Roos went to the locker room up 36-30.
The Redhawks opened the second half scoring 13 of the first 18 points to go back ahead and held the lead until the Roos took back the lead at the 7:48 mark when Allen buried two free throws.
Five straight from SU flipped the lead again but UMKC was able to tie the game four more times, including lastly with 3:26 remaining at 63-63 when Marvin Nesbitt Jr., connected on a layup.
Nesbitt’s basket, however, would be the final field goal for UMKC, as the Roos added only a Brandon Suggs free throw down the stretch as they fell to the Redhawks.
For the Roos, McKissic finished with seven points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist.
· UMKC returns to action on Saturday when they head to Orem, Utah, to take on Utah Valley at 8 p.m. CT on Feb., 23.
· UMKC was unable to pull off the season sweep of the Redhawks for the third time in school history after accomplishing the feat in 2016-17 and 2013-14.
· The contest featured 10 ties and 11 lead changes.
· The Roos held a slight rebounding edge, 38-37.
· UMKC collected 14 offensive rebounds, leading to a 17-9 edge on second chance points.
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