UMKC Men’s Basketball gave an outstanding performance to the preseason fans at the Municipal Auditorium Friday, defeating the Warriors, 110-58.
The Roos shot 49 percent from the field landing 37 out of 76 shots and 23 for 36 from the free-throw line. UMKC managed to fight past the Warrior’s defense to score 42 points from inside the paint.
“Coming in we knew they would play a very tight defense but our guys did an excellent job of penetrating the defense,” said Head Coach Kareem Richardson.
The first half of the game was all about the Roos getting a feel for the competition on the court with sophomore guard, Xavier Bishop, setting the pace from the start, with a set of buckets for the board.
The Roos followed up with a three-pointer from senior guard, Broderick Robinson and an additional three-pointer from 6’9” center, Aleer Leek, which brought the Roos to a 14-2 run against the Warriors.
“My teammates put me in a position to be successful this game,” said Bishop, when asked how he kept up momentum against the Warrior’s defense.
By the end of the first half the Roos had set a definite disturbance in the middle when 7’2” center, Mo Ahmed, grabbed a hold of seven rebounds, just behind freshman guard, Marvin Nesbitt, who totaled eight.
The Roos proved they could get the ball back with 35 out of 51 defensive rebounds and the Warriors turning over possession at least 24 times.
Freshman guard, Marco Smith, made his presence known in the second half, taking the ball down the center to, junior guard, Tony Jackson who banked it from the corner to bring the Roos to 76-44.
Both Bishop and Smith put up a game high of 16 points each, while freshman guards, Brandon Mckissic and Steven Dulley, as well as, senior Robert Knar all earned double digits in game points.
All healthy and eligible players saw game-time this match-up and the Roos closed out against the Warriors, 110-58.
Coach Richardson expects the team to play with just as much momentum throughout the season stating, “The chemistry is definitely there and this is a great group of players.”