UMKC is far from a juggernaut but it’s hard to view Monday’s 77-65 loss to the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks as anything but a major disappointment. Prior to beating the Roos, UNO had three wins on their resume and those were over Northern Illinois (2-10), Chicago State (4-12) and a four point win over the Benedictine Ravens, a NAIA school in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
For the Roos it was their sixth loss in a row and it’s tougher to swallow than most. Not only because it was an opponent they should have handled, but also considering the result was bigger margin of defeat than they suffered at the hands of #25 Kansas State and a talented SE Missouri State Redhawks team that is now 9-6 on the season in their previous two games.
The game was decided in the first half when the Mavericks outscored the Roos 43-21. Credit UMKC for fighting back to finish just twelve points down at the end of the game, but at some point they need to finish. Now fully into the conference season, moral victories and playing tough no longer carry much weight. It’s time to win.
Thomas Staton scored 23 on 9-18 shooting to lead the Roos. His seven rebounds were just barely behind Fred Chatmon‘s eight that led the team. Estan Tyler scored twelve and Nelson Kirksey scored ten to finish in double digits. As a team they outrebounded UNO 32-29 but made just three of their 19 three point attempts (15.8%).
While the Roos struggled from the perimeter, the Mavericks had no such difficulty and wound up draining ten of their 22 attempts from beyond the arc. Five of those makes came off the hand of junior Justin Simmons who finished with 20 points. Sophomore C.J. Carter was 10-12 from the floor and led all scorers with 26 in the game. It was the first time he scored more than 16 in a game this season and set a new career high in the process. He also contributed with four assists and four rebounds. Senior forward Alex Welhouse finished with a ten point, ten rebound double double.
Nebraska Omaha played and lost to Oakland 91-79 tonight. They will next host IPFW (7-9, 0-2) on Saturday.
The Roos (4-10, 1-2) are currently getting walloped at home by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (10-5, 1-1). After today they will host the North Dakota State Bison (11-3, 2-0) on Saturday evening.