For the Roos, last night’s game repeated the script from Monday’s loss. They fell behind big to South Dakota State in the first half and trailed by 29 points at the intermission. UMKC rallied in the second and outscored the Jackrabbits by 13 in the second, but the deficit was too great to overcome. The end result was a 77-61 South Dakota State victory and the seventh loss in a row for the Roos.
50 seconds in, Thomas Staton hit a jumper to put the Roos up 2-0. That basket represented the only lead UMKC would hold in the entire game as the Jackrabbits went on a 12-2 run to take control. The Roos had one of their better shooting games of the year with a 23-52 night from the floor (44.2%) and 8-19 (42.1%) from three. Unfortunately South Dakota State shot 50.9% in the game and made twelve three pointers, including ten in the first half.
In addition to making the first basket of the game, Staton led the team in scoring with 14 points and assists with five. Nelson Kirksey came off the bench to score twelve and match Fred Chatmon in rebounds with six. The only other Roo in double digits was Estan Tyler. He scored ten on 4-8 shooting, but only had one assist to go with four turnovers in the game.
The Jackrabbits were powered by senior guard, and St. Cloud, Minnesota native, Nate Wolters who improved upon his 20.5 points per game average with 23 on the night. Wolters, an NBA prospect, also added seven assists, six rebounds and four steals to confirm that he was, without question, the best player on the court. Thanks to a 5-9 effort from beyond the arc, junior Jordan Dykstra scored 21 in 31 minutes. Junior Chad White was also in double figures with 14 and was the game’s top rebounder with seven.
South Dakota State (11-5, 2-1) will next travel to the Dakota Dome to tangle with the South Dakota Coyotes (6-10, 2-2) on Saturday.
To break their losing streak, UMKC (4-11, 1-3) faces another tough opponent in their Saturday home game against the North Dakota State Bison (12-3, 3-0). Juniors Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund lead the Bison in scoring averaging 15.5 and 13.1 points per game. Together they also average 11.3 rebounds per game. Fred Chatmon should be able to dominate inside as the Bison don’t have the size to match up against him, but North Dakota State has a decided advantage when it comes to offensive firepower and scoring.