The UMKC men’s basketball team finished its three-game home stand with a three-game win streak.
The Roos beat the Bakersfield Roadrunners 66-63 on Thursday night and overcame the Seattle Redhawks on Saturday night, winning 75-55.
On Thursday, the team closed a 12-point deficit deep into the second half, scoring 15 points in the final five minutes of play. The team had a strong defensive showing, forcing 18 turnovers.
Sophomore Martez Harrison led the team offensively with 17 points. There were also strong showings by senior Frank Williams, freshman Noah Knight and freshman Collin Jennings from the three-point line.
“We really showed some toughness tonight,” Head Coach Kareem Richardson said. “Even though we didn’t shoot well from the line, we played very good on the defensive end down the stretch.”
On Saturday, the team squared off against the Redhawks. Both teams entered the game on a winning streak.
The teams were vying for early leads, forcing seven lead changes in the opening minutes of play. Unfortunately, the Roos hit the locker rooms trailing at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Roos turned up the heat. The team hit nine three-pointers, for a total of 12 during the game, a new season-high. The team forced 14 turnovers in the second half, for a total of 22 turnovers throughout the game.
“I was really proud of our guys tonight, we talk about playing fearlessly, and I think we did a good job of doing that,” Richardson said.
The team saw six different players hit threes, Jennings matched his career-high 11 points, and Harrison closed the game with 23 points.
With this pair of wins, the team moves to 3-1 in WAC play and 8-13 overall in the season. This is the first time the team has started conference play 3-0 at home since the 2004-05 season.
The men’s team starts a two-game road trip against the Grand Canyon Antelopes on Thursday and the Utah Valley Wolverines on Saturday.