Feb. 24, 2005
CHICAGO, Ill. - Tony Weeden's basket with one second to play gave Chicago State a 74-72 Mid-Continent Conference victory against UMKC at the Dickens Center Thursday (Feb. 24).
UMKC, now 15-10 overall and 11-3 in the Mid-Con, tied the game at 72-72 on senior forward MIke English's running layup with 34 seconds to play after CSU's Royce Parran had given the Cougars (8-17, 7-8) a two-point lead with a layup with 47 seconds to go.
The Kangaroos fell behind by as many as nine points in the second half at 62-53 with 11:22 remaining on a three-pointer by Parran. However, UMKC responded with a 12-2 run over the next 4:04 to give them the lead at 65-64 after English hit a pair of free throws.
The final six minutes of the contest was a back-and-forth affair, with three ties and five lead changes.
In the first half, the Kangaroos led four times, with the final advantage coming with 6:45 to play on a layup by senior center Carlton Aaron to give UMKC a 30-29 lead. The Cougars charged back, outscoring UMKC 16-9 the rest of the period to take a 45-39 halftime lead.
Aaron recorded his 11th double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and snaring 15 rebounds to lead the Kangaroos. Freshman guard Tim Blackwell added 14 points, while English chipped in 13 points and sophomore guard Quinton Day contributed 10 points. Craig Franklin led Chicago State with 20 points.
UMKC converted 26-of-62 shots from the floor for a 41.9 shooting percentage, while Chicago State put together a sizzling 57.1 percentage from the floor, hitting 32-of-56 shots on the night. UMKC held a 35-32 edge in rebounding.
The loss for UMKC drops the Kangaroos into a first-place tie with Oral Roberts entering the final weekend of the regular season.
Up next for the Kangaroos is a trip to Cedar City, Utah, to face Southern Utah on Sat., Feb. 26. The game gets underway at 8:35 p.m. CST and will be aired on SportsRadio 810 WHB.
Senior center Carlton Aaron scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in UMKC's 74-72 loss at Chicago State Feb. 24