Sorry for the delay on this game recap folks. I planned on writing it this morning during a short break from my work day, but then inspiration struck and I spent that time and more putting together my article on James Shields instead. Nonetheless, just over 24 hours ago, UMKC Roo’d up and took on the University of North Dakota.
The first half of the game was a back-and-forth affair with the teams exchanging the lead at various points. North Dakota managed to build a nine point lead ten minutes into the game, but a 14-3 run by the Roos erased the deficit and had them back in front. The teams went into the break with NoDak on the short end of the 37-33 score.
Both teams kicked off the second half by making their first two attempts from the floor but the bulk of the half was slanted in UMKC’s favor. The Roos led for the entire twenty minutes but likeNorth Dakotain the first stanza, could not build a lead beyond nine. Though UMKC won by a score of 73-70, the teams were separated by just a single point with five seconds left on the clock.
All five starters for the Roos wound up in double digits by game’s end. Nate Rogers led the team with 16 on 6-10 shooting while making 4-8 three point attempts. Notching his first double-double of the season Fred Chatmon added 13 rebounds to go with his ten points. Thomas Staton had 14 points while Estan Tyler and Nelson Kirksey pitched in twelve and ten points respectively. As a team UMKC was 27-52 from the floor and the starters were even better hitting on 54.8% of their shots. They also had a significant advantage on the glass winding up +15 (41-26) in rebounding margin.
North Dakotajunior guard Jamal Webb led all scorers with 20 points on 9-11 shooting. Webb also led the team in rebounds (7), assists (4) and steals (3). While his team lost he was clearly the MVP of the game. Guards Josh Schuler (10) and Aaron Anderson (11) also scored in double figures.
With the win the Roos continued to alternate their wins with losses.
UMKC (4-4) will face their toughest test remaining on their schedule this Saturday. They will travel to the KFC Yum! Center (I kid you not, that’s what it is called) and tackle the #5 Louisville Cardinals (7-1).
North Dakota(1-5) will head to Fargo to take on the North Dakota State Bison (7-2).