- UMKC shot a blistering 56.5% from the floor and got 43 points from Dayon Hall-Jones in a 92-79 victory over Oral Roberts University on Saturday at the Swinney Recreation Center.
The 43-point effort by Hall-Jones is just three points off of the single-game record by an ORU opponent. The Dallas native was 16-for-25 from the floor and 9-for-10 from three point range.
Kevi Luper led a well-balanced scoring attack for ORU (8-6, 2-1 Summit League) with 27 points. Savanna Buck and Jordan Pyle scored 13 points each, while Dominique Allen added ten points.
In addition to their hot shooting, UMKC (9-5, 2-2 Summit League) owned the glass, collecting 46 rebounds to ORU's 24.
Kim Nezianya and Ashli Hill scored 13 apiece for the Kangaroos, while Eilise O'Connor added ten. Nezianya added a career-high 14 rebounds, and O'Connor led all players with 12 assists.
Luper added a career-high eight assists for the Golden Eagles, while Georgia Jones added six.
Hall-Jones came out firing, hitting her first seven shots and scoring 17 points in the game's first eight minutes. But the Golden Eagles stayed close with a balanced offense. A transition basket from Pyle cut the UMKC lead to 19-18 at the 12:04 mark of the first half.
ORU took a 28-27 advantage on a Luper three-pointer, but UMKC found another level as a team. The 'Roos went on an 11-0 run, capped by a LeAndrea Thomas basket, to take a 38-28 lead with 6:51 left in the half.
Hall-Jones continued to shoot the lights out, hitting a pair of late jumpers to put the home team up by 16, their biggest advantage of the hal. But a Luper three-pointer cut the deficit to 52-39 at the halftime whistle.
As a team, UMKC shot 61.8% in the first half, but it was Hall-Jones who was the star. The junior was 12-for-15 in the first half, scoring 31 points in the opening period. The mark was both a personal career high (with 20 minutes left in the game) and a UMKC record for points in a half.
The Kangaroos did not slow down at the start of the second half. Hall-Jones scored five points as part of a 13-0 run that pushed the lead to 67-45 with 13:15 left in the game.
Oral Roberts responded with a 13-0 run of their own to get back in the game. Luper scored six points in the rally, which cut the gap to 67-58 with 10:02 in the clock.
But the nine point gap was as close as ORU would get on this day. UMKC responded immediately with a 9-2 run to boost their lead back into double-figures, and they salted the game away at the free throw line.
UMKC has now won two straight games over ORU, both in Kansas City, after losing their previous 12 meetings with the Golden Eagles.
Allen and Amber Carver led ORU with four rebounds each.
Now 2-1 in the League, ORU faces a stiff challenge on Saturday, Jan. 7, when 4-0 South Dakota State visits Tulsa. Tip-off at the Mabee Center is scheduled for 2:05 pm.
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