IOWA CITY, Iowa. – The UMKC men’s basketball team (0-2) fell in the opening game of the 2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project to Iowa (1-0), 77-63, on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Roos starting backcourt of Xavier Bishop and Brandon McKissic paced the offense as each finished with a team-high 14 points. Bishop added four assists, four rebounds and a steal, while McKissic knocked down both of his three-point attempts and registered two assists and five rebounds.
UMKC started hot in the game going ahead 6-3 early, getting baskets from Bishop, McKissic and Jordan Giles in the opening stretch.
Iowa regained the lead, but the Roos would continue to battle throughout the opening half tying the score at 10-10 on a Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., jumper and at 15-15 on a Bishop jumper.
A Rob Whitfield three off a McKissic assist then put the Roos back in front at 18-15 with 7:29 left in the half.
The score was tied twice more in the opening half, at 20-20 and 22-22, before Iowa pushed their lead to a first half high of 11 with just 27 seconds remaining.
Bishop, though, would get the last crack with a buzzer beating three to cut the lead to 34-26 heading into halftime.
Coming out of the break, McKissic buried a jumper and, after an Iowa free throw, Aleer Leek mad a three and Bishop had a steal followed by a breakaway layup to cut the Iowa lead to two at 35-33 less than two minutes into the half.
Iowa pushed its advantage to five and McKissic again answered to bring the margin back to three.
The lead would grow back to five and Iowa then went on an 11-1 run to go ahead by 15 with just over 11 minutes remaining.
The Roos would continue to hang tough over the next six minutes, four times pulling to within single digits, but could get no closer than eight the rest away as Iowa held on for the 77-63 win.
As a team, the Roos forced 16 Iowa turnovers, scoring 15 points off them, and outscored the Hawkeyes 26-22 in the paint. For the second straight game, meanwhile, the Roos bench reached at least 20 points, as the reserves accounted for 20 of the 63 points.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Sunday when they take on UConn at 4 p.m. CT in Storrs, Conn., as part of the 2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 11.
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