UMKC to Face New Mexico State Friday Night in WAC Semifinal on ESPN3
UMKC Athletics 3-10-2017
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LAS VEGAS, Nev.UMKC men’s basketball (17-15) faces No. 2 seed New Mexico State (26-5) at 10:30 p.m. CT at the Orleans Arena on Friday night in a Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal matchup. The third-seeded Roos earned an 82-78 overtime victory against UT Rio Grande Valley on Thursday night to advance to the conference tournament semifinals for the third consecutive season.

First-team All-WAC selection LaVell Boyd (Chicago, Ill.) scored 12 points in the overtime period to lead UMKC to victory. He finished with a game-high 22 points. Senior forwards Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich.) and Broderick Newbill (Kansas City, Mo.) both recorded double-doubles. Steward finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Newbill recorded 10 points and a career-high 10 boards. Fellow senior Dashawn King (Bronx, N.Y.) tied a career-high with 18 points and senior center Darnell Tillman (St. Louis, Mo.) set a career-high with 11 rebounds.

The Roos outrebounded the Vaqueros 53-47 and held a 19-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

Series Information

All-Time Series: 1-8

In Kansas City: 1-3

In Las Cruces: 0-4

Neutral Site: 0-1

Broadcast Information

Live Stream: ESPN3

Radio: ESPN KC 99.3 FM

Live Stats: WAC Sports

Social Media: @UMKCmbb

Opening Tip

·       UMKC is 17-15 overall and has advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament for the third consecutive season following a thrilling 82-78 overtime victory over UT Rio Grande Valley on Thursday night.

·       Senior guard LaVell Boyd was voted first-team All-WAC by the league's head coaches. He averages 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

·       UMKC went on a recent 5-game winning streak. It was the first time the Roos took five straight since winning 11 in a row from Jan. 3 - Feb. 3, 2005. UMKC had a 19.2-point average victory margin (87.2-68.0) during the run.

·       Throughout the winning streak, UMKC shot 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. The Roos averaged 11.8 triples per game.

·       UMKC's 30-point, 102-72 victory over Seattle U on Feb. 11 marked the largest margin of victory in a conference game since joining the WAC prior to the 2013-14 season. It also tied the second-largest margin of victory in program history in a conference contest.

·         The Roos rank 38th nationally in 3-pointers per game (9.1), 45th in 3-pointers (290) and 55th in shots attempted from beyond the arc (781).

#TeamKC Notes

·       UMKC is now 3-3 all-time in the WAC Tournament.

·       The Roos have drained 290 3-pointers this season, which broke the previous program record of 283 by the 2007-08 squad.

·       UMKC is averaging 77.4 points per game, which is the fifth-best mark in program history and the highest scoring average since 1992-93. The 1990-91 team, led by 19.3 points per game by UMKC Hall of Famer Ronnie Schmitz, posted the best mark in school history with 81.1 points per game.

·       LaVell Boyd averages 16.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 63 career games (62 starts). He has drained 161 triples in that span, which ranks seventh in program history. He has scored 20-plus points 19 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 53 games during his 2-year career.

·       Boyd became the 11th member of the program's 1,000-Point Club. He is on pace to become the first 2-year junior college transfer in program history to go over 1,000 points for his career.

·       Boyd's 122 assists this season are the fifth-most in program history and only 11 behind Quinton Day's record of 131 in 2006-07.

Next Up

The winner of Friday’s contest will play the winner of No. 1 CSU Bakersfield (21-8) and No. 4 Utah Valley 15-15) on Saturday at 10 p.m. CT in a contest that will be televised by ESPNU.

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