UMKC gets first win, 94-58 over Avila
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Xavier Bishop scored 18 points, Danny Dixon had 14 with 10 rebounds, and UMKC won its first game of the season Saturday, beating NAIA-member Avila 94-58.
Rob Whitfield hit five 3-pointers for 15 points, Jamel Allen scored 15 with four 3s and Brandon McKissic had 13 for the Kangaroos (1-6), who made 12 of 26 3-pointers and held the Eagles to 32-percent shooting.
Allen’s 3 sparked an 11-0 run for a 64-42 UMKC lead early in the second half and the Kangaroos pulled away and were never threatened.
Avila led 32-30 after a 15-2 run capped by Shannon Boone’s back-to-back layups, but Bishop’s 3-point play put UMKC up for good, 33-32, and they led 46-32 at halftime.
Freshman Brandon Philips scored 17 points, Boone had 14 and freshman Carter Wildey 12 for Avila.