The UMKC men’s basketball team is no longer undefeated at home. The Roos lost four of the last five games. After a 7-0 start in Municipal Auditorium, the Roos have dropped two at home to conference opponents Seattle University and Utah Valley.
With a 1-4 record in early conference play the team still has time to recover, but Head Coach Kareem Richardson is concerned with the defense. In their latest skid, it has been a recurring theme for the second half defense to fade despite good offensive output. Utah Valley took 26 free throws in the second half and made 25 while scoring 90 points total in the most recent defeat.
“Very disappointing in terms of our defensive effort,” Richardson said.
With reigning WAC Player of the Year Martez Harrison out, two Roos had career highs in points. Shayok Shayok scored 21 and Dashawn King finished with 18.
Before school broke for the holidays the men held a 7-4 record. They slumped during the break and fell to 8-12 overall.