KANSAS CITY, Mo.
- UMKC (5-2) shot 63.2 percent from 3-point range and buried 12 treys to key an 86-75 win over Southeast Missouri (3-3) Monday night at Municipal Auditorium.
UMKC entered the game as the Western Athletic Conference leader in 3-point field goals made and had seven different players pump in a trifecta. The Kangaroos rallied without their second-leading scorer in Martez Harrison who was suspended prior to tipoff.
"Obviously, UMKC is a good 3-point shooting team, but a lot of its success came from our defensive breakdowns," SEMO head coach Rick Ray
said. "They stepped up without one of their best players tonight."
SEMO led by one point on two occasions in the first three minutes of the game and that was it as the Redhawks were challenged by UMKC's long range game.
The Redhawks managed to pull to within five points on Antonius Cleveland
's 3-pointer with 4:56 left to play, but that was as close as they would get.
LaVell Boyd's jumper later gave UMKC its largest lead at 57-40 at the 13:25 mark before the Kangaroos closed out their win.
SEMO struggled to get shots to fall missing 11 of its first 13 field goals of the contest. The Redhawks went a period of 4:36 without scoring and missed 10-straight shots in that stretch, while UMKCpulled ahead, 14-6, with 12:29 remaining in the first half.
Danell Timman's layup grabbed the Kangaroos their first double-digit lead and a 3-pointer by Broderick Robinson followed to widen the margin to 35-21 at the 3:32 mark.
SEMO then trailed by double figures at the half for the first time this season when it headed into the locker room down, 39-27.
The Redhawks wound up shooting just 27.8 percent (10-of-36) from the field in the game's opening 20 minutes, their lowest first-half field goal percentage this year.
UMKC shot a blistering 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the floor with 21 of its points coming from 3-point range (7-of-11, 63.6 pct.).
Boyd led all scorers with 24 points and seven assists in 31 minutes. He pitched in 20 points and made a perfect 12-of-12 free throws in the second half alone.
Johnson and Kyle Steward followed with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
UMKC's strong effort from 3-point range overpowered its .543 (25-of-46) field goal percentage for the night.
led SEMO with a season-high 20 points on 8-of-14 field goals, including three from downtown.
Cleveland added 16 points, Trey Kellum
pitched in 14 and had a game-high eight rebounds, and Milos Vranes
chipped in 10 points off the bench.
SEMO outrebounded UMKC, 38-33, and held a commanding 17-5 advantage on the offensive glass. The Redhawks also outscored the Kangaroos, 48-47, in the second half.
Additionally, there were a combined 49 fouls and 57 free throws attempted between the teams. SEMO shot 28 threes, as well.
The Redhawks return home to host Central Arkansas on Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m., CT.
Thursday is Superhero Night at the Show Me Center. Fans can meet Superhero Characters at the game and Redhawk Basketball Superhero Trading Cards will be given to the first 500 kids. A special edition Redhawk Superhero t-shirt will be distributed to the first 400 Southeast students. The event also includes a costume contest.
Adult tickets start at $10 apiece and kids (14 & under) are $5 each. Visit GoSoutheast.com or call (573) 651-2113 for more information.