KANSAS CITY — The Omaha men’s basketball team dropped its weekend opener at Kansas City Friday night, falling 62-52 at the Swinney Center.
Leaders for Omaha
Matt Pile registered his third double-double of the year to lead Omaha with 16 points and 14 rebounds, hitting 8-of-12 from the field. The senior also had four blocks, an assist and a steal.
Ayo Akinwole joined him with 15 points, four assists and two steals, and La’Mel Robinson added 12 points and a pair of assists.
Nick Ferrarini made his first career start and chipped in another seven points with seven boards and two helpers.
Leaders for Kansas City
Brandon McKissic led all scorers with 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting along with four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Zion Williams grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds as well.
Omaha shot 41.3% (19-of-46) to Kansas City’s 38.6% (22-of-57), but the Roos finished 76.5% (13-of-17) at the line while the Mavericks were 58.8% (10-of-17). Behind Pile’s effort on the glass, Omaha outrebounded UMKC 39-27.
The Roos scored 20 points off turnovers, capitalizing on 24 Maverick miscues.
Inside the First Half
Pile led the way with eight points and seven caroms in the first half, and Akinwole added another eight points behind a 2-of-2 effort from beyond the arc.
After the Roos went up by as many as nine, a pair of Pile hook shots closed the half for Omaha and trimmed the Kansas City lead to 27-23 at the midway point.
Inside the Second Half
Akinwole and Pile got it started in the second half, with back-to-back buckets knotting the game at 27-27 and completing the 8-0 run that started at the end of the first stanza.
But the Roos responded immediately with a 14-3 spurt that gave them a 41-30 advantage. UMKC built to its largest lead of 14 in the final two minutes and got a 17-point second half effort from McKissic.
Noting Tonight’s Game
-Omaha trailed nearly the entire way, as Kansas City led for 37:37.
-Akinwole has scored in double figures in three straight games, averaging 21.0 ppg.
Omaha and Kansas City close their series on Saturday, Feb. 13, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. at the Swinney Center in Kansas City, Mo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Omaha women’s basketball team suffered a 69-59 loss at Kansas City on Friday afternoon at Swinney Recreation Center.
Leaders for Omaha
Claire Killian had a team-high 17 points with eight rebounds and three steals. Elena Pilakouta shot 5-of-7 from the field to score 13 points. Josie Filer was the third Maverick in double-figures with 11 points while pulling down eight rebounds.
Leaders for Kansas City
Mandy Willems scored a game-high 23 points behind 7-of-12 shooting from three-point range. Naomie Alnatas added 20 points and connected on five treys. Ravon Nero chipped in eight points with seven rebounds while Taylor Larson notched seven points and five boards.
Omaha shot 44.9% (22-of-49) to Kansas City’s 46.2% (24-of-52). The Mavericks forced KC into 16 turnovers while outscoring the Roos 32-14 in points in the paint and outrebounding them, 33-27.
Kansas City shot 16-of-36 from beyond the arc, including 12-of-21 in the second half to outscore Omaha 46-29 in the final two quarters.
Inside the First Quarter
The Mavericks led for nearly the entire first quarter as Filer and Sophie Johnston teamed up to give Omaha the quick 4-0 lead. Killian buried her first three-pointer of the game to stretch the Maverick lead to 13-8 before KC added a final bucket with 14 seconds left.
Inside the Second Quarter
Pilakouta began the second quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play to give Omaha a 16-10 advantage with 9:40 left. The Roos responded with seven straight points to retake the lead at 17-16 with 7:32 remaining. Omaha reeled 11 consecutive points over the next four minutes, beginning with free throws by Sarah Schmitt and Ella Ogier and a trey by Killian. The Mavericks capped the scoring run with a pair of baskets by Pilakouta and Schmitt.
Kansas City scored on two consecutive three-pointers before Filer scored a layup to send the Mavericks into the locker room with a 30-23 lead at the half.
Inside the Third Quarter
The Roos climbed back to go ahead 35-34 with 6:25 remaining before leading 41-36 with 3:42 left. Omaha responded with five points on scores by Pilakouta and Killian to tie the game back up at 41 with 2:19 remaining in the quarter. A free throw, three-pointer and layup over the final two minutes gave KC the 47-41 lead after three quarters.
Inside the Fourth Quarter
Kansas City led off the final 10 minutes with a trey while Omaha added a trey of their own and a layup by Pilakouta to get within 50-46 with 9:08 remaining. The Roos scored on three baskets from long distance to extend the leads to 59-46 with 5:53 left.
Trailing by as many as 18 in the fourth, Killian’s free throw and a three-pointer by Filer cut the deficit to 12 with 2:58 left. Kansas City got the lead back to 15 before the Mavericks scored the final five points in the last 90 seconds.
The Mavericks and Roos wrap up the weekend series with a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday at Swinney Recreation Center.