KANSAS CITY – (Feb. 8) A cold shooting night coupled with a hot first half for Kansas City sent Seattle University men's basketball to a 74-67 defeat Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
The Redhawks fall to 16-9 overall and 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Roos move to 7-19 overall and 2-7 in the WAC.
Seattle U shot the ball well early, starting 11-of-22 from the field. But the Roos went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe in the frame while also hitting 5-of-9 from three. The Redhawks hit a cold spell late in the frame, going 0-of-11 to close out the half as Kansas City took a 41-29 lead into the break.
"Kansas City played a really solid game," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "They neutralized our rebounding and had a good team defensive plan for Aaron Menzies. For us to win games like this, we're going to need some other guys to put the ball in the basket. We had some guys who had a really tough shooting night, but they have good character and will bounce back."
A 9-4 spurt to open the second half was capped by a Morgan Means three and brought the Redhawks within seven, 45-38 with 16:35 to play. But Kansas City would push the spread back to 13 midway through the frame. It would remain an 8-to-10 point spread for the balance of the game.
Jordan Hill finished with a team-high 16 points before fouling out with 2:25 to play. Means scored 14 points off the bench, including 10 in the second half. Josh Hearlihy chipped in 11 points and Matej Kavas had 10. Menzies finished with eight points, six rebounds and three blocks, snapping a streak of four games with a double-double.
Jordan Giles and Xavier Bishop paced Kansas City with 18 points apiece. The Roos finished 30-of-35 from the free-throw line, while Seattle U hit 19-of-25 in the game that featured 46 total fouls.
Seattle U continues a two-game WAC road swing Saturday at Chicago State. Tip off from the Jones Convocation Center in Chicago is set for 7 p.m. local, 5 p.m. Pacific. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM.