UMKC had to dig out of hole on Saturday and then hit free throws late to cling to a victory.
Martez Harrison scored 24 points for UMKC as the Kangaroos held off Chicago State 64-62 at Municipal Auditorium.
Chicago State, 4-15 overall and 0-2 in the Western Athletic Conference, scored the first 11 points of the game. But the Kangaroos, 6-13 and 1-1, rallied and led 37-23 lead at halftime.
UMKC extended its lead to 17 points in the second half, but Chicago State rallied by scoring 16 points in the final 1 minute, 25 seconds. The Kangaroos held on as Noah Knight made three of four free throws down the stretch.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star