The March Madness portion of the season came and went pretty quickly for the UMKC Kangaroos. It seemed for a while in Las Vegas on Thursday, though, that it might last longer.
No. 5 seed UMKC lost 77-74 to No. 3 seed Grand Canyon in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament.
The Kangaroos went toe to toe with Grand Canyon, which had already beaten UMKC twice in the regular season.
UMKC came out the hot team and built a 20-4 in the early going. Grand Canyon worked its way back by the end of the half, but UMKC had the lead at the break 42-40.
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In a highly-contested second half, the Kangaroos had the advantage as late as 2 minutes, 21 seconds left in the game at 72-71.
But Grand Canyon went ahead for good on two free throws with 1:41. The Antelopes followed that up with a layup and two more free throws in holding off the Kangaroos, who finished the season 10-22.
Isaiah Ross led UMKC with 18 points, and Brandon McKissic followed with 17 . Ross did not start, and his 18 points were the big reason UMKC's bench outscored Grand Canyon's 23-12.
Alessandro Lever scored a game-high 29 points for the Antelopes.
It was Grand Canyon's first first tournament appearance since joining Division I in 2013. Grand Canyon (21-10) will face No. 2 seed Utah Valley in the semifinals on Friday.
UMKC women out
UMKC lost to Seattle 75-64 in the quarterfinals of the women's WAC Tournament on Wednesday night.
UMKC finished the season 11-19, including 7-7 in the WAC regular season, under first year head coach Jacie Hoyt.
Aries Washington and Kristen Moore each had 17 points in the loss to Seattle.