Men’s basketball suffers second defeat to Omaha this season

Kate Baxendale

The men’s basketball team fell 67-59 to the Omaha Mavericks last Saturday at Swinney Recreation Center. Thomas Staton and Brad Reid led the Roos with 12 points each. Reid grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

Despite a 77-65 loss to Omaha on Dec. 31, Head Coach Matt Brown said he was “looking for a win on Saturday.”

In his five years at UMKC, Brown has an overall record of 56-98.

The team had a great disadvantage this season with four players injured at one time.

Top scorer Trinity Hall was sidelined for three weeks with broken fingers. The 6’7 junior forward said he listened diligently at practice so he would know what Coach Brown was teaching his teammates.

“I have been going to physical therapy everyday so I can heal faster and get back on the court,” he said.

Hall said he hoped for the team to win with tougher defense than last time against Omaha.

“If we win these conference games, anything can happen,” Hall said.

The Roos suffered a nine-game losing streak earlier this season, but with several games left to play, the team is still optimistic.

Estan Tyler, a sophomore point guard, said that remaining confident is a key component to ending the season on a good note.

“If we listen to our coach, I think we will be prepared for the competition ahead,” he said “We all want to end the season with wins.”

Brown said his team is healthier now that his injured players have recovered, particularly Hall.

“We played four top 50 teams so far this season, so the competition has been tough,” he said.

Among them are current No. 5 Louisville, No. 11 Kansas State and No. 14 Ohio State.

Hall said he expects to see more stiff competition throughout the rest of the season.

“North Dakota State and South Dakota State are both big teams,” he said.

The Roos lost to both teams the first week of January at Municipal Auditorium.

This week, the Roos will play North Dakota State on Thursday in Fargo.

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