UMKC came home and ended a seven-game losing streak to Division I opponents with a 79-72 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday in front of 2,719 at Municipal Auditorium. The Kangaroos got 25 points and six assists from point guard Martez Harrison. Frank Williams added 16 and Deshon Taylor 12 as UMKC improved to 4-7.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The Kangaroos return home Saturday to take on William Jewell (7:05 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium) after a tough road stretch. A 66-63 loss at Youngstown State on Wednesday was the team’s third straight loss, all away from home.
After a 2-1 start, the Kangaroos lost to host Arkansas-Little Rock and Samford during a mainland portion of the Maui Invitational last weekend. UMKC next faces Youngstown State at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Ohio.
So much of UMKC’s inspired efforts to open the season revolved around point guard Martez Harrison’s scoring ability. In the Kangaroos’ 90-77 home opening victory over Missouri S&T on Wednesday, his playmaking was on display. Harrison finished with 11 assists, the most by a UMKC player since 1999 and two short of the school record.
UMKC exited the most difficult stretch of its schedule with a memorable victory at Missouri and a competitive 83-73 loss at Kansas State on Monday. The Kangaroos will now prepare for their first home game, against Missouri S&T on Wednesday. Then they hit the road for a game against Arkansas-Little Rock.
On Kim Anderson’s big night, his debut game as Missouri’s men’s basketball coach, UMKC stole the show. The Kangaroos pulled off one of the great triumphs in program history 69-61 on Friday, taking a major step in coach Kareem Richardson’s second year, knocking off the state’s flagship program and a Southeastern Conference opponent.
UMKC has 14 men’s basketball players who were recruited by second-year coach Kareem Richardson. The Kangaroos enter their second year of WAC play looking to improve on last year’s 10-20 overall record.
The Louisville-to-UMKC basketball pipeline continues with the hiring of Andre McGee. McGee, who has been the basketball operations director under coach Rick Pitino the past two years, will serve as an assistant under Kareem Richardson, who arrived from Louisville last year.