Roos Basketball Sets Records to Continue Season

Reported by:
Ashli Forbes, Contributing Writer
Ceidra Coleman, Staff Writer

UMKC men made history Wednesday night becoming the first team to win a division I post-season game in school history. UMKC beat University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 92-82 in front of a packed house at Swinney Arena in the College Basketball Invitational.

Roo fans packed Swinney for the historic game. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

(Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

“I am very proud of our guys,” said Coach Kareem Richardson. “It helped a lot being at home.”

The Roos started the game slow and low on energy – missing multiple layups and being sloppy with the ball amounting to10 turnovers in the first half.

Senior forward Kyle Steward shot 3-5 from downtown, finishing the night with 20 points and four rebounds.

“We were just playing a little too fast” said Steward. “We had to get calmed down.”

Dashawn King dunk. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

Dashawn King dunk. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

The Roos shot 63.6% from 3-point range in the second half, which helped them seal the win. This is right on par for a team that is in the top 50 in the country in 3-pointers per game. They average just under 9 per game and have taken a total 797 3-pointers, to finish the regular season.

Senior guard LaVell Boyd led in scoring with 28 points, and was 5-7 from distance. He set a UMKC record for assists in one season. He currently has 132.

UMKC was looking for revenge after losing earlier in November at Green Bay by 18.

LaVell Boyd continues to knock down shots and set up teammates for success. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

LaVell Boyd continues to knock down shots and set up teammates for success. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

“We were putting in the work,” said Boyd. “We stayed posed and got our payback. Basketball is a game of runs, and we knew they would be due for a run.”

After being up 39-35 at the half, UMKC found themselves down 61-65 with 7:09 left in the second half. That is when the Roos put on a final run of their own.

Freshman guard Isaiah Ross hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 65-65 with 6:15 remaining and then hit another one to take the lead only 28 seconds later.

The CBI is a single-elimination tournament of 16 Division I teams whom did not participate in the NCAA tournament or the NIT.

According to Coloradoan, some consider the CBI pay-for-play since the cost of hosting a game in this tournament starts at $50,000. Teams that make it to the semifinals pay $75,000 per game of a best-of-three championship series.

“This is just what the campus needed right now” Chancellor Leo Morton said after the game. “We’ve never been here before and we have overcome all kinds of adversity. I couldn’t be prouder.”

UMKC (18-16) plays Wyoming (19-14) Monday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the CBI Tournament.

 

Xavier Bishop proving height is not part of the basketball rule book. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

Xavier Bishop (5 feet 8 inches) proves height is not part of the basketball rule book. (Photo by Ryan Hennessy | U-News)

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