Team struggles to maintain form with two defeats

U-News Staff

The men’s basketball team suffered consecutive road defeats against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The team now currently sits in the last remaining Summit League Championship qualification spot to 9-15, with a 3-9 record in Summit League.

Oral Roberts 77- UMKC 67

On Saturday night the Roos fell to the Summit Leagues’ only remaining undefeated team, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in Tulsa, Okla. The league leaders improved to 20-4 (12-0 in Summit League play) and are now in the driving seat to take the Summit League regular season honors as their recent 13-game win-streak leaves them three games clear of South Dakota State, which sits in second place with a 9-2 record.

The Roos battled throughout the contest and had four players score double-digits. Sophomore forward Trinity Hall led the Roos with 17 points, while senior guard Reggie Chamberlain added 16 of his own. The ever-improving Junior Staton Thomas netted 15, while Kirk Korver scored 13.

After a slow start, which saw the Roos fall behind 12-2 within the opening minutes, the Roos clawed back into contention as they drew to within four midway through the first half. However, the star on the night was Golden Eagle Dominique Morrison as he hit an 28 points in the contest, and it was his fine scoring which took the home side into intermission 36-25 to the good.

In the second half, the Roos matched their opponents stride for stride and a 15-2 run in the space of three minutes reduced the deficit to 53-51.

The towering Summit League leaders recovered and kept the Roos at bay for the rest of the game and took the contest by 10 points while shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field.

Southern Utah 57- UMKC 47

In Thursday night’s battle with Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah, the Roos fell 47-57 to the fourth-place Thunderbirds (12-10, 7-5 in Summit League play).

Chamberlain led the Roos with 17 points and Korver pitched in with 12 in a game which was simply thrown away as the Roos shot 22.7 percent. In the second half , they scored only 14 points.

At intermission, the Roos seemed to be in a dominating position as they took a 33-20 lead into the locker room. A 13-1 run from the Thunderbirds quickly changed the momentum of the game in the beginning of the second half and the home team never looked back as it stormed to a 12-point lead.

The Blue & Gold will be now face South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. on Feb. 4 as they look to hold onto that coveted Summit League Championship playoff spot.

[email protected]