USC Upstate beats UMKC 61-49

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ty Greene scored 22 points had had four steals to help lead USC Upstate to a 61-49 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.

Mario Blessing added 12 points for the Spartans (12-4), who were outrebounded 33-30, but forced 24 turnovers – 12 from steals.

The lead traded hands eight times until Blessing’s layup at 2:53 put the Spartans up 24-23 and they led 29-27 at halftime. UMKC outshot the Spartans 45 percent to 37 percent in the half but had 12 turnovers to 5 for SC Upstate.

Martez Harrison hit a 3 and UMKC pulled ahead 31-29 early in the second half, but the Spartans used a 9-2 run to pull away and another 9-2 run to lead 59-47 after two free throws by Fred Miller with 1:52 left.

Frank Williams Jr. led UMKC (5-12) with 15 points and Harrison added 11.