LUBBOCK, Texas — The combination of 16 second-half turnovers and an 18-2 UMKC run was too much for Central Arkansas to overcome as the Sugar Bears dropped their second straight game at the World Vision Basketball Invitational, 64-60 to the Kangaroos on Sunday.
Leading 41-32 midway through the second half, the Sugar Bears (4-2) were hurt by a string of miscues – committing turnovers of seven of eight possessions – as the ‘Roos (5-2) went on an 18-2 run to take a 50-43 lead with nine minutes to go.
The Sugar Bears cut the deficit to one in the final minute on a Megan Herbert layup, but could not draw even. The ‘Roos hit three free throws down the stretch to keep the Sugar Bears at bay and preserve the come-from-behind victory.
UMKC guard LeAndrea Thomas led all scorers with 17 points, and guard Dayon Hall-Jones added 16. UCA was led by 14 from Nakeia Guiden, 13 from Micah Rice and 12 from Herbert.
The Sugar Bears shot 32.7 percent for the game, and were just 6-of-23 (26.1 percent) in the second half, while the ‘Roos shot 46.2 percent in the second period en route to 42.9 percent shooting for the game.
The Sugar Bears, were just 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range in the second half after hitting 5 of 14 (35.7 percent) in the first half, when they build a 35-26 lead.
The Sugar Bears return home to take on Ecclesia on Friday.