KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s basketball team returns to Kansas City after a four-game road swing to host South Dakota on Thursday. Tip-off between the Roos and the Coyotes is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT at Swinney Recreation Center on UMKC’s campus.
UMKC Roos (3-5) vs. South Dakota Coyotes (6-2)
Date | Time: Thursday, November 30 | 7 p.m. CT
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Site: Swinney Recreation Center (1,500)
Live Stats: www.UMKCstats.com
Live TV: KMCI (Channel 38 The Spot) – Neil Harwell and Michael Watson
Live Video: WAC Digital Network
South Dakota: Men’s Basketball Homepage
Live In-Game Updates: @UMKCmbb
Thursday’s game against South Dakota will be the Roos only game of the season that will be played on UMKC’s campus at Swinney Recreation Center. The last time UMKC played at SRC, the Roos won their opening game of the College Basketball Invitational, 92-82, against Green Bay on March 15, 2017.
UMKC is led on the court this season by sophomore Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa), who is averaging 13.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In UMKC’s 65-55 win at UT Martin on Sunday, Ross became the first Roo since standout LaVell Boyd against South Dakota in 2015 to make 10-plus field goals in a single game.
Senior guard Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) is averaging 12.5 points and 5.0 boards per contest and has hit double figures in four out of UMKC’s last five games. He was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3 assists, while going 15-16 at the free throw line, in three games at the tournament.
As a team, the Roos are shooting 73.0 percent from the free throw line, with Robinson, Giles, Marvin Nesbitt Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), Steve Dulley (Kansas City, Mo.), Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) and Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) all shooting better than 75 percent at the charity stripe.
The Roos are averaging 8.1 steals per game, compared to their opponents at 5.4 per contest. Robinson leads the team with 15 on the year, while Nesbitt Jr. and Bishop each have eight.
Kareem Richardson’s troop features six returning letterwinners and welcomes nine newcomers this season. The Roos will look to the senior leadership of Robinson, as UMKC lost all five of its starters from 2016-17. Robinson, along with Bishop played in all 35 games for the Roos last season, while Ross made an appearance in 34 contests. Richardson enters his fifth year at the helm of the Roos program.
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