Mid-Con Leader UMKC Stiffles Gents 82-70
Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Tyrone Hamilton

Chad Maclies

Jarmorrow Moragne

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--Carlton Aaron scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the UMKC men's basketball team came from behind to defeat Centenary 82-70 in a Mid-Continent Conference game at Hale Arena Monday (Jan. 24).The victory was UMKC's ninth straight.


UMKC (9-7, 7-0) trailed nearly the entire first half as Centenary (2-16, 0-7) utilized the hot hand of Tyrone Hamilton, who scored 14 first half points. The Gentlemen also converted five of 11 three-point shots while UMKC was 0-for-8 from long range.


However, the strong inside play of Aaron kept the Kangaroos close. Aaron scored 21 points in the first half as UMKC went to halftime down just 30-29.The Kangaroos opened the second half with a 21-9 run, capped by a three-pointer by senior guard Brandon Temple to make it 51-39 with 13:07 remaining. Another three-pointer by freshman guard Tim Blackwell nearly a minute later put UMKC up 54-40.


The Kangaroos extended the lead to 15 with 6:38 to go, but Centenary refused to quit. The Gentlemen shaved the UMKC advantage to 76-70 with 1:07 to play on a Chad Maclies three-pointer, but three missed three-point attempts in the game's last minute sealed the Gents’ fate.


Aaron recorded his sixth double-double of the season for UMKC. Senior forward Mike English recorded his first double-double of the campaign as he scored 17 points and snared 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Quinton Day also chipped in 17 points and Temple added 10 points.


Centenary had four players in double figures, led by Hamilton's 19 points thanks to a 5-of-6 effort from three-point land. Maclies finished with 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing only 26 minutes because of early foul trouble. Kevin Taylor notched 11 points in the loss while Jarmorrow Moragne contributed 10 points.  


For the game, UMKC hit 28-of-56 field goal attempts for a 50.0 shooting percentage. Centenary converted 27-of-58 attempts for a 46.6 mark. The Gentlemen were 11-of-23 behind the arc for 47.8 percent, while the Kangaroos could only hit three of 16 long-range attempts. UMKC held a 39-28 rebounding advantage.


The loss for Centenary is the 11th straight, tying the school record for consecutive losses set back in the 1967-68 campaign.