UMKC’s men’s basketball team is on a roll.
The Kangaroos improved to 6-2 with an 84-82 victory over South Dakota on Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium. It’s the Kangaroos’ best start since they began the season 6-2 in 2001-02.
LaVell Boyd led UMKC with 19 points and a career-high eight assists. He hit a layup and a three-pointer as the Kangaroos held on for the win.
Isaiah Ross scored a career-high 12 points for the Kangaroos. Darnell Tillman and Broderick Newbill both grabbed eight rebounds, but South Dakota outrebounded UMKC 40-39.
UMKC shot 56 percent from the field in the first half and led 45-33 at halfime.
The Kangaroos cooled off in the second half, shooting only 40 percent.
Matt Mooney scored 23 points for the Coyotes, 6-3.
UMKC senior guard Martez Harrison did not play for the second straight game as he is suspended indefinitely for violating athletics department policy.