KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC men’s basketball (3-2) welcomes Arkansas Monticello (3-0) to Municipal Auditorium for a 7:35 p.m. CT tipoff on Friday evening. The Roos are coming off of a 2-1 showing at the Bill Frack Tournament hosted by Bowling Green last weekend. UMKC earned victories over perennial mid-major powerhouse Murray State and the host Falcons.
Senior guards Martez Harrison(Kansas City, Mo.) and LaVell Boyd(Chicago, Ill.) – both Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference selections – leads the Roos offensively as they are combining to average 35.0 points per game. Boyd is averaging a team-high 17.8 points while Harrison is contributing 17.2 points per contest.
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· UMKC is 3-2 early in the season and returns home to begin a 3-game home stand with Arkansas Monticello at 7:35 p.m. CT on Friday.
· The Roos went 2-1 at the Bill Frack Tournament last weekend hosted by Bowling Green, including a thrilling 71-69, last-minute victory over the host Falcons on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by a Martez Harrison (Kansas City, Mo.) game-winning running floater with 2.2 seconds remaining. Harrison scored a game-high 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting and set the program's all-time assists record in the same contest.
· In the second game of the tourney, fellow senior guard LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) scored a game-best 21 points - including 19 in the second half - to lead the Roos to an 85-74 victory over perennial mid-major powerhouse Murray State on Sunday afternoon.
· Harrison added 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals against the Racers.
· All 12 UMKC players that saw game action on Sunday entered the scoring column. The Roos outscored MSU 40-20 in bench points.
· UMKC's roster features six seniors and six players that saw significant playing time last season, including three players that earned 13-plus starts.
· Harrison leads all current WAC players in career scoring (1,639 points), points per game (16.7), field goals made (499), field goal attempts (1,213), made free throws (516), free throw attempts (720), assists (389) and steals (160). Against Bowling Green, Harrison passed fellow Kansas City native Quinton Day (2004-07) for the program assists record.
· Boyd averages 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists during 36 games in his two-year career. He has drained a team-high 95 shots from beyond the arc during that time and ranks fifth in the UMKC record book with by shooting 81 percent (74-for-91) at the free throw line.
· Boyd and Harrison are combining to average 35.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 4.0 triples per game in 2016-17.
Following Friday’s game, UMKC hosts in-state foe Southeast Missouri on Monday, Nov. 28 for a 6:35 p.m. CT start.
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