'Roos Fall in BracketBuster to Wright State, 76-62
UMKC Athletics 2-18-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Wright State Raiders shot the lights out of Swinney Recreation Center on Saturday, racing to a 76-62 win over UMKC in the Sears BracketBuster game.

The Raiders (13-16) hit 10 three-pointers and nailed 57.8 percent from the floor in the contest, handing UMKC (10-19) its third consecutive loss. It came despite another strong outing from UMKC senior guard Reggie Chamberlain, who tallied his 16th consecutive double-figure scoring game and hit his first six three-pointers of the contest on his way to 22 points. WSU's leading scorer, Julius Mays, was also strong, hitting for 25 points on five threes.

The contest was tight for the first 12 minutes as the Raiders only led 20-19 with 7:40 on the clock, but it quickly turned to a WSU advantage. Wright State went on a 13-0 run over the next 3:23 to make it a 14-point game. The lead grew to as many as 16 before the break, but Chamberlain helped cut it to 42-30 before the halftime horn blew.

The Raiders shot 65.4 percent in the stanza, while UMKC was also hot, hitting 54.5 percent. Seven Kangaroo turnovers turned into 16 points for the visitors though, as WSU hit five more shots in a fast-paced first half.

The speed was surprising as WSU came in averaging only 57.9 points per game, but the 'Roos were giving up 70 points per contest. Mays led all scorers with 12 at the break.

The final period saw the shooting cool down, but the pace stayed fairly quick. The Kangaroos tried to make an early run, cutting the lead to seven on three occasions, but could get no closer as the final rally with 14:24 on the clock was met with an 8-0 spurt by the Raiders.

UMKC would get no closer than 11 the rest of the night, even with 16 second-half points from Chamberlain. The 'Roos were held to 37 percent shooting in the half, but scored 32 points, two better than the opening period. WSU tallied 34 points in the period, but got 12 from the foul line and hit 47.4 percent.

The 'Roos also played without starting point guard Estan Tyler, who sat out due to injury.

Chamberlain was joined by sophomore forward Trinity Hall in double-figures with 11 points and seven boards, including a thunderous dunk in the first half. UMKC out-rebounded an opponent for the ninth time this season as well, 26-21.

The Kangaroos will play the final two games of the regular season on Thursday and Saturday, with Oakland and IPFW coming to town, respectively. Both games are slated for 7:05 p.m. tips.

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