Spartanburg, S.C. – Malik Moore and Jure Span each scored 22 points to lead the USC Upstate men's basketball team offensively on Tuesday evening as the Spartans closed out non-conference play with a 79-77 loss to the UMKC Kangaroos at the G.B. Hodge Center.
Upstate falls to 5-12 overall while UMKC improves to 5-11 on the season.
A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS
- Span and Thomas Booker each recorded a career-high in points against UMKC with Span finishing with 22 and Booker 12.
- Span fell just shy of a triple-double with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists after tying his season-best shooting performance at 7-for-11.
- Moore compiled 22 points, seven rebounds and two steals after going 6-of-10 from the field and 8-for-12 at the free throw line.
- Booker came off the bench to make a career-best four field goals after shooting 4-of-6 overall, 2-for-2 behind the 3-point line and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.
- Mike Cunningham added 11 points for the Spartans.
- Isaiah Ross led four players in double-figures for the Kangaroos with 21 points while Broderick Robinson added 20, Jordan Giles 15 and Aleer Leek 13.
- Upstate finished the game shooting 46.4 percent (26-of-56) and outrebounded UMKC 36-28.
- The Spartans also held a 26-22 advantage in points in the paint, 18-10 in second chance points and 14-7 in bench points.
- The game featured five ties and five lead changes.
FIRST HALF BREAKDOWN
- After Upstate took the lead twice in the opening four minutes, the Kangaroos jumped out to an early five point advantage when Ross made the score 13-8 with 14:43 remaining after his 3-pointer.
- UMKC led by as many as seven points in the opening stages when Robinson knocked down a three and gave it a 17-10 lead at the 12:46 mark.
- The Spartans responded by scoring seven consecutive points to tie the score at 17-17 with 10:52 to go on a 3-pointer by Moore.
- After Giles made one of two free throws, Upstate followed with a 10-2 run that lasted less than two minutes and increased its lead out to 27-20 with 8:41 left on another 3-pointer from Moore.
- Span gave the Spartans their first double-digit lead at the 5:58 mark when his two free throws made the score 35-24.
- With just under four minutes remaining before halftime, Upstate recorded eight straight points and took its largest lead of the game at 45-29 with 2:44 to go on Cunningham's 3-pointer.
- The Kangaroos concluded the half on a 13-2 run and cut the Spartans halftime lead down to 47-42 after a 3-pointer from Ross with 13 seconds remaining.
SECOND HALF BREAKDOWN
- UMKC continued its run into the second half scoring the first four points and trailed Upstate 47-46 less than two minutes into the period.
- Following a pair of free throws by Moore, Ross made a 3-pointer and tied the score at 49-49.
- Booker and Moore combined to go on a 6-1 run for the Spartans and pushed their lead back to 55-50 at the 16:06 mark.
- Moore later gave Upstate a 58-52 advantage with 13:56 left after his jumper.
- The Kangaroos answered with an 8-2 run of their own over the next 2:30 and tied the score for the third time at 60-60 with 11:05 left.
- The score would be tied twice during a span of just over five minutes before UMKC took a 67-65 lead with just over seven minutes left in the game.
- The Spartans went scoreless for 4:23 as the Kangaroos went on an 8-0 run and extended their lead to 75-65 at the 3:33 mark.
- Upstate made a late charge courtesy of a 9-1 run and trimmed the lead down to two points, 76-74, with 22 seconds left after Span's layup.
- UMKC sealed the victory with three free throws over the final 14 seconds.
- Span's 3-pointer as time expired put the final score at 79-77.
- The Spartans open ASUN play on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Newark, N.J. for a 4 p.m. matchup against NJIT.
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