ESTERO, Fla. – The UMKC men’s basketball team (2-3) held the Manhattan Jaspers (2-1) to 39.6 percent shooting from the field, including 15.0 percent from behind the arc, to open the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 74-63 win.
Senior Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction, Colo.) opened up scoring for the Roos, hitting from downtown. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Robinson and Xavier Bishop (Springfield, Ill.) pushed the Roos out to a 9-3 lead over the Jaspers.
At the 11:16 mark, Manhattan hit a jumper that brought them within two points of the Roos, before a layup from Aleer Leek (Juba, South Sudan) helped push the Roos further away.
Robinson’s third trey of the half helped fuel an offensive push for the Roos. With 1:15 left in the half, Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill.) converted a three-point play, and added a jumper in the paint with time expiring, to help UMKC hold the 32-25 lead going into the locker room. Robinson led all scorers with 14 points at half, just two shy of a career-high, on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the arc.
UMKC’s defense held Manhattan without a 3-pointer in the first half and just 25 points with seven turnovers. On the offensive end of the court, the Roos shot 48.0 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from behind the arc and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe. Robinson led all players on the court with 14 points at the break on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.
The Roos continued to push the ball in the second half, as Bishop beat three defenders to find a wide open Ross near the UMKC bench, who buried his first 3-point bucket of the game going into the first media timeout of the second half.
Manhattan went on an 8-0 run, while UMKC entered a scoring drought, over two minutes out of the media timeout to close in on the Roos. A Jasper was called for a technical foul as Ross knocked down the pair of free shots to push UMKC back out to a five-point lead.
A layup by Robinson at the halfway point of the second half started a 9-0 run, with help from a pair of field goals from Marco Smith (Kansas City, Kan.) and Marvin Nesbitt Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), along with a 3-pointer from Leek.
After a missed free throw and a put back by the Jaspers, Knar drew a foul on Manhattan to go to the line. After converting 1-of-2 shots, UMKC went back up to a double-digit lead with less than 1:30 left in the game.
Manhattan hit back-to-back 3-pointers with less than a minute left to come back within six. In the last 30 seconds of action, Robinson knocked down four free throws, while Bishop hit a pair, to give UMKC the 74-63 victory.
Robinson’s career-high 26 points is the most of any Roo this season. It is the second-straight game that the senior has hit a career-high in the points column, going 7-for-12 from the field, 5-for-8 from long range and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe. He also contributed a career-high five assists in 39 minutes of action.
Off the bench, Knar notched a career-high nine points in 12 minutes of action, going 3-for-4 from the field with an assist. For the third-consecutive game, Nesbitt Jr. grabbed five rebounds to lead the team with Robinson.
The Roos will continue the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT against Georgia Southern, who beat the Missouri State Bears 74-73.
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