KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s basketball team returns to Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City for its long home stand of the season, beginning with a pair of matchups against CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon this week.
UMKC Roos (5-14, 0-3 WAC) vs. CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (7-11, 0-3 WAC) | Grand Canyon Lopes (12-6, 2-1 WAC)
Dates & Times: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. CT vs. CSUB | Jan. 20, 7 p.m. CT vs. GCU
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Site: Municipal Auditorium (9,827)
Live Stats: www.UMKCstats.com
Live TV: KMCI (CSUB) | KSMO-TV (GCU) | Neil Harwell & Michael Watson
Live Stream: WAC Digital Network
Live Radio: ESPN KC 99.3 FM
Tickets: www.umkckangaroos.com | 844-UMKC-FAN
UMKC: Notes for CSUB Game | Notes for GCU Game | Men’s Basketball Homepage
CSU Bakersfield: Men’s Basketball Homepage
Grand Canyon: Men’s Basketball Homepage
Live In-Game Updates: @UMKCmbb
UMKC overcame a 16-point deficit for a 79-77 victory at USC Upstate on Jan. 2, led by a 21-point game from Isaiah Ross (Davenport, Iowa) and 20-point performance from Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.). It marked the third time in four outings that Ross tabulated at least 20 points, while it was Robinson’s third 20-point game of the season.
In the Roos game at Incarnate Word on Dec. 16, UMKC blocked 10 shots as a team - just one shy of the program record of 11 that was set against Nicholls State in 1991.
In UMKC’s 65-55 win at UT Martin on Nov. 26, Ross became the first Roo since standout LaVell Boyd against South Dakota in 2015 to connect on 10-plus field goals in a single game.
As a team, the Roos are shooting just over 70 percent from the free throw line, with Ross and Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) shooting better than 75 percent at the charity stripe. In UMKC’s victory at USC Upstate on Jan. 2, 11 of Jordan Giles’ 15 points came at the free throw line. The Roos shot a season-high 84.6 percent from the charity stripe at Seattle U on Jan. 13 after only shooting only 50 percent in the conference opener at UT Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 6.
The Roos are averaging 7.1 steals per game, compared to their opponents at 5.6 per contest. Robinson leads the team with 28 on the year, while Marco Smith (Kansas City, Kan.) has 18 and Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) has 16.
In the WAC, Robinson is currently 11th in scoring and the leader in steals. Ross has the fifth-most 3-pointers in the WAC with 44.
Aleer Leek (Juba, South Sudan) has the fifth-most blocked shots in the WAC, averaging 1.2 a game with a team-high 23 on the season.
Giles currently leads the Roos in scoring during WAC play, averaging 13.3 points per contest, including a team-high 13 points at the free throw line. He is also averaging a team-high 3.7 rebounds per game.
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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