Roos’ men’s basketball sweeps Omaha in the weekend series
Roos’ basketball prevailed against Omaha 62-52 on Friday, followed by a 55-47 win on Saturday at the Swinney Center.
After missing the last two games, Senior Guard Brandon McKissic led the competition on Friday with a career high of 29 points. McKissic also scored four steals on a Roos win where sales turned out to be the difference.
Omaha spun the ball 25 times compared to Kansas City’s 11. The Roos capitalized on 20 points from those sales. As a team, the Roos recorded 12 steals with four each from McKissic and three each from Zion Williams and Franck Kamgain.
Omaha narrowly held the game up with Kansas City at 27-23 at halftime, but McKissic and the Roos blew up with a 19-8 run to start the second half. Omaha never recovered from the eight point deficit, which ultimately led to the Kansas City victory.
Great man Josiah Allick, who last played against ORU on January 24th, also returned on Friday. Unfortunately, Allick faced fouls early in the game and was fouled out of the competition at the end of the second half. Allick played a much cleaner game on Saturday and made a significant impression.
The Roos needed a big game from Allick as Saturday’s competition turned out to be more challenging. Omaha finished the game at 28 just before half-time and quickly took the lead early in the second half.
Allick scored 21 in Saturday’s win, going over 20 for the sixth time this season. His 21-point, 11-rebound doubles doubles led the game in both categories.
Opportunistic defense and a timely goal brought the Roos to victory on Saturday evening. Kansas City finished the game 45:40 behind with a 15-2 run in the last 10 minutes.
Zion Williams hit a wide open three-pointer with three minutes remaining to extend the Roos’ lead to 49-45. McKissic delivered the dagger and immediately sunk three by 34 seconds to give the lead at 54:47. He scored 17 points and posted double digits in both of his first two games after missing time.
The Roos improve to 9-10 with a healthy team. Although Kansas City is fifth in the Summit League, only two games are unattainable in first place. The Roos want to strengthen their winning streak in three games in a two-game series against the 2-15 Denver Pioneers at the Swinney Center next weekend.