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UNO basketball can't stop UMKC's rally in final minutes

UNO basketball can't stop UMKC's rally in final minutes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A long scoring drought kept the UNO men from ending their long losing streak.

The Mavericks led 45-40 with 10 minutes left but scored just two points the rest of the way as UMKC rallied for a 55-47 win Saturday night.

UNO was looking for its first win since Dec. 5, but instead it dropped its 14th straight and fell to 2-18 with four regular-season games left.

The Mavs had controlled the middle portion of the game, turning an 11-point deficit into a seven-point lead.

The Kangaroos led 26-15 before UNO finished the first half on a 13-2 run. Ayo Akinwole, who led the Mavs with 16 points and five rebounds, hit a 3-pointer to start the run and two free throws to end it.

UNO then opened a 40-33 lead six minutes into the second half and still was up 45-40 at the 10-minute mark following two La’Mel Robinson free throws.

But the rest of the way, UNO went 1 of 10 from the field with four turnovers. The lone basket came from Robinson with 1:35 left to pull the Mavs within 49-47. But UMKC’s Brandon McKissic, who scored 29 against the Mavs on Friday, hit a jumper and a 3-pointer on the next two possessions to put the game away.

Josiah Allick, a Lincoln North Star graduate, led the Kangaroos with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

UNO shot 34% from the field and had its lowest scoring output of the season. It returns home to face North Dakota on Friday.

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