Roos make it to WAC semifinals

The UMKC men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the WAC tournament before losing to Seattle Redhawks 69-63 on Friday.

The Roos beat the Texas-Pan American Broncs 70-61 on Thursday to advance to Friday’s semifinals game, the school’s first tournament victory since 2007.

“It was obviously a very hard fought game by both teams.  Our guys did a good job of sticking with it after a slow start to begin the game,” said Head Coach Kareem Richardson. “We were a little tight, especially on offense, early, but we finally settled in then foul trouble kind of hampered us a little bit.  I’m proud of the guys for sticking with the game plan.”

Seniors Reese Holliday led the Roos with 18 points, while Freshman Deshon Taylor had a career-best 16 points. Sophomore Martez Harrison ended with 14 points and Frank Williams pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.

In the semifinals game against the Redhawks, the Roos got down early. The Redhawks went on an early rally to lead by 14 and extended that lead to 19 before heading into the second half with a 16 point lead and a score of 34-18.

The Roos cut their lead to five in the final minute of play. But it ultimately wasn’t enough and they fell 69-63.

Taylor led the team with 16 points, including an unbelievable three point shot that was later named the ESPN SportCenter No. 1 Top Play of the Night. Holliday ended with 15 points, and Harrison finished with 12 points.

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