KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Feb. 11) Seattle University men’s basketball suffered an ugly end to their midwest Western Athletic Conference road swing, falling 102-72 at UMKC Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
The Redhawks, who entered the night winners of their last three straight, fall to an even 12-12 overall and 4-5 in WAC play while the Roos picked up their fourth straight win, moving to 14-13 overall and 6-4 in league action.
Offensive woes hit Seattle U from the get-go as the visitor hit just 7-of-22 from the field in the opening frame. Those seven field goals included five triples, but no player had more than six points in the half. The Roos' pesky defense, including six steals, led to 10 Redhawk turnovers as well.
Meanwhile, UMKC was a solid 16-of-35 from the field, scoring 14 of their 40 first-half points in the paint, and getting a 13-3 edge in bench points.
Emmanuel Chibuogwu knocked down a three to open the second half and the Redhawk offense got itself going. But SU could not slow the Roos. As both teams hit better than 50 percent in the second frame, aggressive play also led to a combined 31 second-half fouls, including 24 called on the Redhawks.
Seattle U shot 14-for-19 from the line in the half while UMKC made 30 trips, sinking 27 shots.
UMKC had five players score in double figures, led by a game-high 20 points from Kyle Steward. Two double-digit scorers came off the bench for the Roos as they earned a 46-15 bench-points advantage.
The Redhawks return to Seattle next week for their final regular-season home games of the 2016-17 season. First up is a Thursday, Feb. 16 meeting against Grand Canyon. Tip off from the Connolly Complex is set for 7 p.m. The game will air live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM and mynorthwest.com.