UMKC Men’s Basketball team gave a noble effort but suffered a loss, 63-82, against conference rival South Dakota despite having the home court advantage at Swinney Recreation Center Thursday.
Sophomore guard Xavier Bishop put up a game total of 16 points alongside sophomore forward Jordan Giles and junior center Aleer Leek, who also scored in the double digits.
In the first half, the Roos managed to get a head of the Coyotes. Leading, 15-11, the Roos spread out the Coyotes defense to penetrate inside the paint.
The Roos gave a maximum defensive effort against the Coyotes stand-outs, Matt Mooney and Tyler Hagedorn, but despite efforts to contain the two, they proved to be a formidable opponents pulling out tough shots even under pressure.
“We did a good job pressuring Tyler’s shots. He is not your traditional five man,” said Head Coach Kareem Richardson when asked about the pre-game defensive plan. “[Tyler] can definitely step out and take the shot.”
Unable to get South Dakota to adjust to a faster pace, the Roos were not able to hold on to the lead throughout the first half. The Coyotes ended the first half ahead, 36-30.
The defensive energy definitely slowed in the second half with the Coyotes taking advantage of the Roos’ inexperience. That left opportunities open for South Dakota to score, beating the Roos 82-63.
“When you have an inexperienced group like this, you will have nights like this,” said Coach Richardson, who expressed his concern going in to the second half. “I just hope it was for one night.”
The Roos will hit the road for a three-game stint, starting with a matchup at Southeast Missouri on Dec. 6, before heading to NC State on Dec. 9 and Incarnate Word on Dec. 16.