UMKC 71, Truman St. 59

Jay Couisnard scored 18 points and UMKC won its season opener

71-59 over Truman State on Friday night.

Trinity Hall added 10 points for the Kangaroos, who had nine

players score.

Tom Norton led the lower-division Bulldogs with 18 points, Alex

Henderson had 15, and Truman State stayed close much of the game by

hitting nine 3-pointers.

Couisnard scored eight points at the free-throw line, where UMKC

finished 22 of 33.

UMKC put the game away midway through the second half with an

11-0 run that gave the Kangaroos a 57-39 lead with 10:05 to play.

The Bulldogs never got closer than nine the rest of the game.

UMKC took a 37-29 lead into intermission after ending the first

half on a 9-1 run.