The ’Roos suffered an 86-74 home defeat to Oakland last Saturday, giving the powerhouse team its seventh straight victory and 15th overall win.
UMKC made 50 percent of its shots from the field, slightly better than the Grizzlies’ possessive 49.1 percent. But a 35-25 rebound lead and 13 more successful free throws delivered the victory to the Grizzlies.
Nelson Kirksey and Thomas Staton led the ’Roos in scoring with 18 and 17 points, respectively. But the ’Roos got slammed by Oakland’s Travis Bader, who racked up 29 points and eight rebounds.
The Fort Wayne Mastodons scored a 65-60 victory over the ’Roos on Thursday at Swinney Recreation Center.
Kansas City only made four of 24 three-point shots and were just eight of 16 from the free-throw line.
Trinity Hall and Estan Tyler led in scoring, with 19 and 15 points, respectively.
’Roos Head Coach Matt Brown was disappointed by the losses after last week’s victory over South Dakota. Then, he said the remaining games were “winnable” and that there was no pressure.
The ’Roos have not enjoyed a home court advantage. The team has had only three home victories this season.
The ’Roos will try to forget about the bad season and finish strong in the remaining three games.
With an overall 7-21 record and 4-10 in the Summit League, the ’Roos will head to Cookeville, Tenn., for the Ramada BracketBuster against Tennessee Tech on Saturday.