KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Things are looking up for the UNO men’s basketball program.
UNO rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit Saturday to defeat Missouri-Kansas City 67-59 and earn its first sweep of a season series with a Summit League opponent.
UNO held the Kangaroos to 29.2 percent shooting in the second half and 41.3 percent for the game while sending UMKC to its ninth consecutive home loss. UMKC’s shooting percentage and point total are the lowest by a UNO opponent all season. The Kangaroos’ point total is the lowest of any Division I opponent since the Mavericks began their transition last year.
UNO (7-16) earned its second straight Summit League road win and moved into sixth place in the league at 4-6, a half-game behind the fifth-place South Dakota team it beat Thursday.
UNO is 4-4 over its last eight games and 5-6 over its last 11. The Mavs host Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (10-13, 3-6) on Thursday at the Ralston Arena.
Trailing 41-30 at halftime, UNO rallied to take the lead on a CJ Carter 3-pointer that made it 50-49 midway through the second half.
UNO scored six straight points on a pair of layups by Justin Simmons and another by Carter to turn a tie game into a 61-55 lead with 4:39 to go. The Kangaroos got no closer than four, as Simmons scored a layup with 2:44 left and Alex Welhouse hit two free throws with 21 seconds to go to make it 65-59.
Simmons, UNO’s junior guard, led all scorers with 21 points for his 11th straight double-figure scoring effort and his sixth 20-plus point performance of the season.
John Karhoff, a junior center, added 16 points, four assists and three steals.