Reese Holliday scored a season-high 19 points for UMKC, pacing the Kangaroos to a 61-50 victory over Chicago State on Saturday afternoon.
The Kangaroos improved to 6-3 in the Western Athletic Conference, keeping a hold on second place in the league. The Kangaroos are 11-15 overall.
Holliday scored 12 of his points in the first half and finished the game six of 11 from the floor.
Martez Harrison, the Kangaroos’ leading scorer, added nine points, all in the second half.
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UMKC led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but an 8-0 run by Chicago State helped the Cougars climb back to within four points, 32-28, at the break.
Chicago State trailed 39-35 with 11:39 to play when a layup from Harrison and a three-pointer from Deshon Taylor made it a nine-point game.
The Kangaroos never trailed in the second half.
Clarke Rosenberg scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for Chicago State, 6-20 overall and 2-7 in the WAC.