KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Quinton Day scored eight of his season-high 30 points in the second overtime as he led Missouri-Kansas City to a 95-89 Mid-Continent Conference victory over Western Illinois Saturday at Kemper Arena.
The victory broke a four-game losing streak for the Kangaroos (8-15, 3-4).The loss extended the losing stream for the Leathernecks (4-18, 0-7) to 12 games. UMKC coach Rich Zvosec is now 11-0 against Western Illinois. The Kangaroos have won 15 in a row in the series.It was a game of different halves as UMKC led 33-24 at halftime thanks to 6-of-23 shooting from the field by the Leathernecks.But Western Illinois scored 49 points in the second half on 18-of-24 shooting.In the first overtime, Day's drive gave the Kangaroos a 78-76 lead with 34 seconds remaining, but David Jackson's shot with six seconds left tied the game.Two free throws by Day with 2:56 left in the second overtime staked the Kangaroos to an 87-81 lead.The Leathernecks reduced the margin to two on a three-point shot by Jackson with 2:11 left, but the Kangaroos connected on four-of-six free throws to hold off Western Illinois.Brent Stephens and Tim Blackwell had 13 points each for UMKC and Dominique Johnson added 11.Sammy Hunter paced the Leathernecks with 27 points and Jackson added 14. Jerryck Owens-Murrey had 11 and Lorenzo Taylor 10.The teams tied in rebounds with 33 each. Alex Pledger had seven for UMKC and Owens-Murrey claimed 10 for the Leathernecks.