Junior guard Xavier Bishop topped 1,000 career points, but the Roos fell 75-55 to New Mexico State Thursday night at Swinney Rec center.
Bishop became the 12th Roo in men’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
The contest began as a physical back-and-forth affair, each team playing suffocating defense and forcing contested shots. UMKC jumped out to an early 10-7 lead, highlighted by three-pointers from Bishop and junior forward Jordan Giles.
The Roos quickly went ice-cold, however, failing to convert on numerous open looks. New Mexico State capitalized, going on a 16-1 run to take a 23-11 lead, forcing a UMKC timeout.
Threes from junior forward Danny Dixon and Bishop momentarily stopped the bleeding for the Roos, but the Aggies quickly regained control as UMKC’s offensive struggles returned.
The Roos went a dismal 6-of-24 (25 percent) from the field in the first half, and New Mexico State took a commanding 39-21 lead into the locker room.
UMKC’s shooting greatly improved in the second half, but they were unable to stop the Aggies offensively and tighten the game. A Giles jumper that cut the lead to 61-47 with 6:34 remaining was as close as the Roos would get.
The first-place Aggies dominated the glass, finishing with a +17 differential and snagging 13 offensive rebounds.
New Mexico State won its 14th-straight game and has won 13 straight against the Roos. The
Despite the tough loss, the home crowd got on its feet and applauded Bishop’s achievement after the game.
“It’s really an honor, to be honest,” said Bishop on reaching the milestone. “People don’t expect a lot from players my size, so just going out there each and every night proving people wrong is something that drives me.”
One of the few bright spots for the Roos on the night, Bishop finished with 15 points, two assists and two steals.
“I couldn’t have done this without my teammates,” Bishop continued. “All of this is possible because I know I can look at the sideline and know they have my back no matter what. I’m really appreciative of all of them.”
The Roos play their final home game of the season Saturday night against Texas Rio Grande Valley at 6 p.m. at Swinney Rec Center.