It was a struggle, but No. 3 seed UMKC managed to outlast sixth-seeded UT-Rio Grande Valley 82-78 in overtime Thursday in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals in Las Vegas.
All-WAC senior guard LaVell Boyd scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Kangaroos (17-15). Senior forward Kyle Steward added 19 points and 12 rebounds and senior Dashawn King scored 18 points. Senior Darnell Tillman didn’t score a point, but he did grab 11 rebounds.
UT Rio Grande Valley’s Lew Stallworth, who scored 20 points and hit five of six three-pointers, tied the game at 67-67 when he hit a three with 7 seconds left in regulation. UMKC’s King missed on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
UMKC won despite making only 37.5 percent of its shots from the field and missing 16 of 43 free throws.
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UT Rio Grande Valley (10-22) hit only 34.3 percent of its field goals and missed 15 of 36 free throws.
The Kangaroos will face New Mexico State in the conference semifinals at 10:30 p.m. Friday.
WAC men’s tournament
Thursday-Saturday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas
No. 4 Utah Valley 65, No. 5 Seattle 53
No. 2 New Mexico State 67, No. 7 Chicago State 53
No. 3 UMKC 82, No. 6 UT-Rio Grande Valley 78
No. 1 CSU-Bakersfield vs. Utah Valley, 8 p.m.
N.M. State vs. UMKC, 10:30 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 10 p.m., ESPN