UMKC Men’s Basketball took their third straight victory against Chicago State, 76-67, Thursday night at the Municipal Auditorium and stand at 4-7 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Freshmen Brandon McKissic and Jordan Giles put up 17 points each in the match. Giles added six rebounds and McKissic took away three steals with two assists.
The first half of the match looked pretty grim for the Roos, they started off 5-points behind the Cougars in less than five minutes.
Despite the Cougars efforts at the start, McKissic and Giles, quickly turned it around for the Roos with back-to-back shots from the field.
By the middle of the first half the Roos had a 16-point lead on the Cougars, 32-16, that featured a set of three-pointers from McKissic.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Ross took the lead to a game high of 17 in the remaining four minutes of the first half. Even though the Cougars fought back offensively, they were only able to shave off four points from the lead and the Roos closed out it out at 39-23.
The Cougars took no prisoners coming out in the first half bring the a 16-point lead down to zero and then gaining a 5-point lead over the Roos. Again, it looked like false hope for the Cougars as the Roos banked 11-out of-13 points to take the lead again by seven with only six minutes left in the game.
Senior Broderick Robinson delivered a parting gift to the team putting up two shots outside the arch and effectively secured the game for the Roos. The Roos closed out the game 76-67.
The match was a bitter sweet win for seniors Broderick Robinson, Robert Knar and Noah Knight, as it would be their last time on home court for UMKC.
UMKC Men’s Basketball will close out the season on the road again starting with a match against UT Rio Grande Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.
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