The Coyotes (9-14, 3-10 SL) shot 66.7 percent in the first half, and jumped out to an 18-10 lead in the first seven minutes. UMKC (9-16, 3-10 SL) ran with the Coyotes the rest of the period, but it couldn't get any stops in a fast-paced stanza.
Every time the 'Roos got within four points, the Coyotes answered with a bucket on the next possession. Most of the points came from guards Charlie Westbrooks or Louie Krogman, who scored 18 and 17, respectively, in the half. UMKC senior guard Reggie Chamberlain was the catalyst for the 'Roos, tallying 12 points on four threes. USD went into the half with a 46-37 lead, thanks mainly to the hot shooting. UMKC hit 46.7 percent in the period.
The second stanza was even until the 13:10 mark. With the Coyotes holding an eight point lead, they went on a 12-1 rally over the next four minutes to make it 65-46, the largest lead of the night.
The Kangaroos had one last run in them, cutting the margin to as little as seven with 5:11 on the clock, but they only scored three points the rest of the way, on a three with six seconds left. The Coyotes finished the game on a 12-3 rally.
The two teams cooled off on the offensive end in the second half, with USD hitting 35.5 percent, and UMKC shooting 26.7 percent, but the Coyotes still finished the game with a 50 percent shooting night. South Dakota also out-scored the 'Roos 42-22 in the paint, and grabbed a 43-32 advantage on the glass.
Westbrooks continued to be a Kangaroo killer, finishing with a game-high 28 points. In the game in Kansas City, he tallied 32 points, giving him the highest two point totals for an opponent against the Kangaroos this season. Krogman finished with 23 points, while forward Trevor Gruis put up 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
Chamberlain finished with 19 points to lead UMKC, while freshman guard Estan Tyler matched his career-high with 12 points. As a team the 'Roos shot only 36.7 percent from the floor.
The Kangaroos will host North Dakota State on Thursday night, before South Dakota State comes to Swinney Recreation Center on Saturday night.