Giles and McKissic combine for 34 as UMKC outlasts Cougars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jordan Giles and Brandon McKissic each had 17 points and Isaiah Ross added 14 as UMKC beat Chicago State 76-67 on Thursday night.

The scoring output marked a career-high for McKissic, who also notched a career-high with three steals for the Kangaroos (9-19, 4-7 Western Athletic Conference), who have now won three straight.

The first half was all UMKC, as they held Chicago State to just 23 points en route to a 16 point halftime lead, with McKissic and Giles combining for 21 points.

After the break, Chicago State made a game of it, shooting a blistering 68 percent. The Cougars opened the half with a 27-6 run to take a five point lead, but an immediate 13-2 UMKC run gave the Kangaroos the lead for good.

Deionte Simmons led Chicago State with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Cougars (2-26, 0-11) are still looking for their first conference win.