Redhawks roasted by 'Roos on road

With the WAC tournament looming as their only chance to make the NCAA's Big Dance, it's looking like the Redhawks will only go as far as Isiah Umipig's shooting hand can carry them. Five days after lighting up Idaho for a career-high 36 points and eight threes in a victory, Umipig had his worst shooting performance of the season in Thursday night's 82-73 loss at Missouri-Kansas City.

The junior point guard shot 1-for-16 from the field against the Kangaroos and 1-for-11 beyond the arc, matching a season-low with six points.

Jarell Flora (19 points, 5 threes) and Emmanuel Chibuogwu (12 points, 2 threes) almost covered for Umipig's off night, but SU was unable to hold a slim halftime lead and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Flora and junior forward Shore Adenekan were the standouts for Seattle U in the first half, and senior forward Clarence Trent opened the second half with a dunk to put the Redhawks ahead by four.

The 'Roos responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead, and then Flora hit a three to highlight SU's subsequent run that put them back on top, but UMKC would take the lead for good with another 7-0 run capped by a Frank Williams three with just under 13 minutes remaining in the game. The Redhawks would get to within two, but UMKC made its free throws down the stretch and pulled away for the win.

"We did a good job in the first half, but wasn't able to sustain it," SU coach Cameron Dollar said afterward. "I credit them (UMKC) for continuing to pressure and compete. In the second half, we had our chances, but we were not able to capitalize."

The loss dropped Seattle U (13-15 overall, 5-10 in the WAC) into a three-way tie for last-place in the conference with Cal State Bakersfield and Texas Pan-American. The Redhawks -- who close out the regular season on Saturday at Chicago State -- are now assured a lower-half seed in the eight-team WAC tournament, which begins March 13 in Las Vegas.