KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s basketball team will host Avila on Thursday evening for its final home game of 2017. Tip-off between the Roos and the Eagles is set for 7 p.m. CT.
UMKC Roos (3-11) vs. Avila Eagles (6-5)
Date | Time: Thursday, December 28 | 7 p.m. CT
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Site: Municipal Auditorium (9,827)
TV: KSMO-TV – Neil Harwell & Michael Watson
Live Stats: www.umkcstats.com
Live Stream: WAC Digital Network
Radio: ESPN KC 99.3 FM
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Thursday’s game against Avila will be UMKC’s third and final Thursday nonconference contest of the season. The Roos have dropped Thursday games against Loyola and South Dakota this year.
In the Roos game at Incarnate Word on Dec. 16, UMKC blocked 10 shots as a team - just one shy of the program record of 11 that was set against Nicholls State in 1991.
UMKC is led on the court this season by Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.), who is currently averaging 13.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. The sophomore has hit double-figure scoring in six-consecutive contests for the Roos. He has also contributed a team-high 42 assists.
Senior Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) is averaging 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while going 15-for-16 at the free throw line, in three games at the tournament.
In UMKC’s 65-55 win at UT Martin on Nov. 26, sophomore Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) became the first Roo since standout LaVell Boyd against South Dakota in 2015 to make 10-plus field goals in a single game.
As a team, the Roos are shooting 70.9 percent from the free throw line, with Robinson, Jordan Giles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), and Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) all shooting better than 75 percent at the charity stripe.
The Roos are averaging 7.3 steals per game, compared to their opponents at 5.4 per contest. Robinson leads the team with 21 on the year, while Marco Smith (Kansas City, Kan.) has 15 and Bishop has 14.
In the Western Athletic Conference, Robinson currently ranks first in steals. Bishop is eighth overall in scoring, while Ross has the fifth-most 3-pointers made in the league. Junior Aleer Leek (Juba, South Sudan) has the fifth-most blocked shots, averaging 1.2 per contest.
Kareem Richardson’s troop features six returning letterwinners and welcomes nine newcomers this season. The Roos will look to the senior leadership of Robinson, as UMKC lost all five of its starters from 2016-17. Robinson, along with Bishop played in all 35 games for the Roos last season, while Ross made an appearance in 34 contests. Richardson enters his fifth year at the helm of the Roos program.
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