The UMKC men’s basketball team began a three-game road trip with a win Saturday in Chicago.
The Roos defeated the Chicago State Cougars 61-50, completing the season-sweep over the Cougars and holding strong in second place in the WAC standings.
The men started off strong with a tough defense and quick shooting by senior Reese Holliday, who scored 10 points in the first 12 minutes of play. For the first time this season, sophomore Martez Harrison was held to zero points in the first half because of strong defense by the Cougars.
Going into the second half, the Roos stretched their lead to 11. After that, the closest Chicago state could get was six.
“Our defense was pretty good today, we had a couple lapses but I was really pleased,” said Head Coach Kareem Richardson. “I thought, especially Thad (Smith) started us off well on defense, getting four blocks. Frank (Williams) did a good job of talking defensively, as well.”
As a team, the Roos combined for 26 rebounds and eight steals during the game. Holliday ended the night as the only player in double-digits with 19 points, and Harrison and Williams ended the game with nine points each.
The UMKC Roos clenched a season record of 11-15, with the most wins since the 2011 season. They continue to stand in second place in the conference.
The Roos will travel to face the Seattle Redhawks (11-13, 4-6) on Thursday. The matchup currently stands at 3-0, with UMKC holding the advantage. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.