UMKC suffered a tough loss on the road on Saturday, falling to South Carolina Upstate 70-68 in Spartanburg, S.C.
Mike Cunningham hit the decisive shot for Upstate, a three-pointer with 9.9 seconds left.
After Cunningham’s three, Darius Austin was able to go the length of the floor after the inbounds pass, but his layup attempt rolled off the rim with 2 seconds left.
Kangaroos guard Martez Harrison led all scorers with 21 points. He also had six assists, five rebounds and three steals. UMKC’s Dashwan King added a career-high 15 points and also had four steals.
UMKC was down 49-38 with 14:45 left in the game but rallied for a 59-58 lead on a three-pointer by LaVell Boyd with 7:07 left. Harrison scored nine of the Kangaroos’ 21 points in that span. He ended up with 14 points in the second half.
But just as quickly as the Kangaroos got hot, they went cold, at least from the field. UMKC did not score from the field over the final 4:33.
The Kangaroos fell to 7-8 on the season, while South Carolina Upstate improved to 5-11.