Missouri-Kansas City guard Xavier Bishop isolated against Cal State Bakersfield forward Shon Briggs with the final seconds winding down in a tie game. Bishop faked a jab step inside before nailing a step-back 3-pointer at the top of the arc with 1.4 seconds left.
Bishop’s late shot sunk the Roadrunners (7-12, 0-4 Western Athletic), 62-59, in Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday night. CSUB lost its sixth straight game and is a program-worst 0-4 to start conference play. The win was UMKC’s sixth overall (in 20 games) and first in conference play.
The Roadrunners got back sharpshooter Damiyne Durham, who was suspended the last two games, but it was the UMKC 3s that made the difference. The Kangaroos made eight of their first 12 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 11 in the game.
Durham was 1-for-4 from 3-point land and had seven points. Freshman guard Jarkel Joiner hit CSUB's two other 3s. Joiner finished the game with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Joiner muscled through a foul to hit a layup with one minute left. The ensuing free throw gave the Roadrunners their first lead in the second half, 57-56.
CSUB center Moataz Aly had 15 points in the game but fouled UMKC’s Broderick Robinson on a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left. Robinson hit all three free throws.
It took a layup from Briggs, who scored 14 points and had six assists, with 29 seconds left to tie the game at 59. But it gave UMKC the chance to hold for the final shot and the Kangaroos made it count.
The Roadrunners turned the ball over 15 times in the game and UMKC scored 19 points off turnovers. It negated CSUB’s 42-23 rebounding advantage.