KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.), Jordan Giles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and Aleer Leek (Juba, South Sudan) all notched double figures tonight for the UMKC men’s basketball team (3-6), but the visiting South Dakota Coyotes (7-2) took the game from the Roos, 82-63, in a nearly sold out Swinney Recreation Cener.
Giles’ first 3-pointer of the game – and third of the season – opened up scoring for the Roos in the first 15 seconds. The Coyotes hit back-to-back jumpers, before senior guard Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) found Bishop, who connected from downtown, to give UMKC the 6-4 lead going into the first media break.
South Dakota’s Matt Mooney tied the game up with a layup, before Bishop scored three quick points for UMKC to keep the Roos within four. A layup by Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) broke UMKC’s miniscule scoring drought, as Brandon McKissic (Ferguson, Mo.) hit a jumper with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half to keep the Roos close.
A Coyote layup knotted the game at 15-all before both teams entered a two minute scoring drought. Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) charged at the basket and converted a pair at the charity stripe to put UMKC out in front. With 3:37 left in the first half, Bishop hit his second 3-pointer of the night to give UMKC the one-point advantage, before South Dakota scored 11 unanswered points to hold the 36-30 lead going into the locker room.
Five quick points by Mooney kick started South Dakota’s offense to open the second half, but Giles responded for UMKC with five quick points of his own. Over the next five minutes, the Coyotes connected on seven-straight field goals to take the 57-38 lead over UMKC.
A three-point play by March Smith (Kansas City, Kan.) off the bench ended a three-minute scoring drought for the Roos. On the next possession, Smith found Tony Jackson (Montgomery, Ala.) on the breakaway to rejuvenate the crowd at Swinney Recreation Center.
Giles’ second three-pointer of the game at the 7:12 mark sparked some energy from the Roos, but Mooney continued to stay hot for the Coyotes, as he would finish with 30 points on the night to lead all scorers.
Leek connected from downtown to help UMKC reach 60 points for the fifth-consecutive game this season with 5:30 remaining. The junior finished the game with 10 points for the Roos, marking the third time this season he has hit double digits. He also led the team with a season-high six rebounds.
UMKC battled until the final buzzer, but the Coyotes ran away with the 82-63 victory. Bishop led the way for the Roos with 16 points – just two shy of matching a career high.
The Roos will hit the road for a three-game stint, starting with a matchup at Southeast Missouri on Dec. 6, before heading to NC State on Dec. 9 and Incarnate Word on Dec. 16.
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