UMKC Comes From Behind To Defeat Gents, 62-57
Sunday, January 18, 2004



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC Kangaroos came back from a 12-point deficit, using a big free throw advantage to hand the Centenary Gents their first conference loss of the season, 62-57, Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The Gents took a 34-22 lead two minutes into the second half, but the Kangaroos started their comeback with a 9-0 run over the next five minutes. Centenary was able to extend the lead to eight points twice before UMKC made its final push.

Led by Javon Clark, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, UMKC went on a 15-3 run over a five-minute period to go up on the Gents, 52-48. With three layups, Centenary was able to tie the game at 54 with 1:46 remaining, but the Kangaroos went 8-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch and kept the Gents from scoring to gain the victory.

Michael Watson led all players with 22 points, plus he contributed eight rebounds and five assists. Mike English nearly earned a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, plus he committed four steals.

Michael Gale led the Gents with 13 points, while Derek Sallis provided a spark off the bench with four three-pointers to score 12 points. Andrew Wisniewski was held to eight points, only the second time all season he scored less than 17 points, but he did dish out a season-high ten assists.

Centenary (7-6, 2-1 Mid-Con) was called for twice as many fouls as UMKC, leading to 27 free throw attempts for the Kangaroos and only eight attempts for the Gents. The Gents committed 18 turnovers, but held the Kangaroos to 36.5 percent shooting from the field.

After returning to Shreveport for the start of the spring semester, the Gents head back out on the road for a matchup with conference leader Oral Roberts next Thursday night in Tulsa, Okla.