KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC men’s basketball (4-2) hosts Southeast Missouri (3-2) on Monday for a 6:35 p.m. CT tipoff at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City. The Roos have won four of their last five games, including a 2-1 showing at the Bill Frack Tournament last weekend and a 15-point victory over Arkansas Monticello on Friday that featured six UMKC players scoring in double figures.
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 34.8 points, 6.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. Boyd is averaging a team-high 18.3 points while Harrison is contributing 16.5 points per contest.
Series Information (Division I)
All-Time Series: SEMO leads 4-2
In Kansas City: 1-2
In Cape Girardeau: 1-2
Last Meeting: SEMO 91-81, Jan. 29, 2014, Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Live Stream: Roos TV
Radio: ESPN KC 99.3 FM
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· UMKC is 4-2 early in the season and welcomes in-state foe Southeast Missouri for a 6:35 p.m. CT tipoff on Monday at Municipal Auditorium.
· In Friday's victory over Arkansas Monticello, six Roos scored in double figures.
· 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, 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.
· UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson and SEMO head coach Rick Ray were on the staff together at Indiana State from 1999-2002. The two remain close friends.
· 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 (1,652 points), points per game (16.7), field goals made (504), field goal attempts (1,222), made free throws (518), free throw attempts (722), assists (393) and steals (162). Against Bowling Green, Harrison passed fellow Kansas City native Quinton Day (2004-07) for the program assists record.
· Boyd averages 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists during 37 games in his two-year career. He has drained a team-high 99 shots from beyond the arc during that time and ranks fifth in the UMKC record book with by shooting 82 percent (77-for-94) at the free throw line.
· Boyd and Harrison are combining to average 34.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 4.2 triples per game in 2016-17.
Following Monday’s game, UMKC welcomes South Dakota on Wednesday for a 6:35 p.m. CT tipoff at Municipal Auditorium to wrap up the 3-game home stretch.
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