Freshman guard for UMKC Men’s Basketball, Brandon McKissic, executed an outstanding performance in the Roo’s first Western Athletic Conference win of the season, 62-59, against Bakersfield Roadrunners at the Municipal auditorium Thursday night.
McKissic put up a career high of 16 points in the match up, shooting .67 from the field and four-for-four from the three-point range. The freshman took a handful of key shots that really helped the Roos keep the lead in what can only be described as a ‘fight to the finish’.
“B-Mac [McKissic] played a lot of key minutes in game especially as a freshman that’s big time,” said teammate sophomore guard Xavier Bishop.
The Roos started out the first half controlling the pace of the game by applying pressure to the Roadrunners defensively and making sure the offense was cool and calculated.
When the score board tied and it seemed the Roadrunners would take the lead, the Roos, landed three-pointers just in the nick of time to stay ahead of Bakersfield.
The first half ended with UMKC in the lead, 33-31.
In the second half, the Roos ramped up playing off the Roadrunner’s intentional mismatch at the beginning and during the second half of the game. The Roos might have lacked in size, but not momentum having to play a hard game against their sizable conference rivals.
The Roos maintained close to a five point lead the majority of the second half, although in the last two minutes of the game became a real tug of war with a few questionable calls.
In the last minute, the Roadrunners managed to get a one point lead over the Roos. In a desperate attempt to keep the lead, Bakersfield fouled senior guard Broderick Robinson who got three shots from the charity line to bring the Roos back up to a two point lead.
The Roadrunners, not going down that easy, pulled of two points inside the paint, despite the Roos defensive efforts with only 21-seconds left on the clock.
Just when it looked like the game would go into overtime the man of the hour, sophomore guard Xavier Bishop, landed a shot from outside the arch to give the Roos a three point lead with less than five-seconds on the clock.
After two time outs, the Roadrunners launched a ball from down the court with no luck and the Roo’s took the win, 62-59.
“It is nice how hard they played,” said Head Coach Kareem Richardson. “I am happy for the guys to finally experience this type of win.”