KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Junior guard Xavier Bishop posted his 1,000th career point, but UMKC men’s basketball (10-19, 5-9 WAC) dropped a 75-55 game against visiting and league-leader New Mexico State (25-4, 13-1 WAC) tonight at Swinney Center. Bishop became the 12th Roo in the history of men’s basketball to compile 1,000 career points. The junior guard from Springfield, Ill., notched the milestone point at the 7:09 mark of the second half on a runner in the lane. He ended his night with 15 points, which now puts his career total at 1,005.
The visiting Aggies utilized their length and depth to own the rebounding battle. Entering the game ranked seventh in the NCAA in rebounding margin and No. 20 in offensive rebounds per game, New Mexico State owned a commanding +17 edge and tallied 13 offensive rebounds. Johnny McCants posted a team-high seven rebounds.
UMKC got off to a hot start taking a 10-7 lead out of the gates. A Jordan Giles’ 3-pointer at the 13:36 mark punctuated the early start. However, the Aggies flexed their muscle going on a 16-1 spurt to take control for good and lead 23-11.
The Roo offense went cold during a six-minute stretch scoring just one point on a free throw. Danny Dixon’s triple stopped the New Mexico State run, but at that point, the Aggies were up nine.
Shooting 50 percent in the first half, New Mexico State led 39-21 heading into the locker room.
UMKC made a push and cut the lead down to 14 at 61-47 after a jumper by Giles. But that was the closest the hosts could get as New Mexico State won its 14th-straight game.
Bishop was the lone Roo in double figures with 15 points, to go along with two assists and two steals. Giles finished his night with eight points and three other players posted seven points.
McCants and Terrell Brown each netted 12 points for the Aggies.
New Mexico State finished with a 51-percent shooting clip, while the Roos went 40 percent (20 of 50).
- The Roos welcome UT Rio Grande Valley to Swinney Center on Saturday at 6 p.m. Aleer Leek, the lone senior, will be recognized pre-game on Senior Day
- The Roos fall to 5-2 at Swinney Center this year, with the loss snapping a three-game home winning streak.
- The game was televised live on ESPN+ as part of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Basketball Spotlight
- The home loss is the worst since a 25-point margin (73-48) to this same New Mexico State team on Jan. 27, 2018.
- New Mexico State wins its 13th-straight game against UMKC in the overall series.
- The Roos forced four turnovers via shot-clock violation. Overall, the defensive effort forced 18 Aggie turnovers.
- The 20 combined free throw attempts – 8 of 11 for UMKC, 6 of 9 for NMSU – is the lowest in a UMKC game this year.