Gents Lose Heartbreaker at UMKC
Sunday, January 27, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dane Brumagin scored 29 points as Missouri-Kansas City edged Centenary 76-73 in a Summit League contest Saturday. The three-point defeat was the second in as many road games for the Gents, whose loss to the Kangaroos did not come without controversy.


UMKC (8-14, 3-6 Summit) took a 74-73 advantage on a three-point shot by Tim Blackwell with 2:08 left in the game. Both teams traded possessions without points until Centenary had the ball with 19.4 seconds left in the game.


With the game in hand, Nick Stallings attempted a shot and missed as the ball rolled around the rim. Justin Glenn tipped in the missed shot with nine seconds remaining, seemingly giving the Gents a one-point lead at 75-74, but was called for an over-the-back foul that nullified the basket. The Kangaroos' Reggie Hamilton then connected on a pair of free throws.


Tyrone Hamilton’s three-point shot with a second left rimmed out and UMKC had the victory.


The Gents had a 68-60 advantage with 5:55 left on the clock after a three-pointer by Chase Adams, but UMKC closed out the game with a 16-5 run.


In the first half, the Kangaroos looked like they were going to run away with the contest. UMKC led 40-21 with 5:20 left in the first half, but Centenary cut the lead to 44-38 at halftime.


Blackwell had 13 points and James Humphrey and Reggie Hamilton 10 each for UMKC.


The Kangaroos were 25-of-49 from the floor for 51 percent and 16-of-22 at the free throw line for 73 percent. The Gents went 23-of-52 from the field for 44 percent and 19-of-27 from the charity stripe for 70 percent.


Lance Hill paced the Gents with 22 points. Nick Stallings had 18 and Tyrone Hamilton 12. Chase Adams finished with 10 assists in the loss.


Centenary returns to action next Saturday as it wraps up its three-game road trip in Tulsa against Oral Roberts.