KC Roos can’t extend winning streak to four, fall to South Dakota State Jackrabbits

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In a makeup game of a postponed matchup originally scheduled for Dec. 21, South Dakota State waltzed into Kansas City and snapped the Roos’ longest winning streak of the season.

Behind Lawrence, Kansas-native Zeke Mayo’s 24 points, South Dakota State (12-11, 7-4 Summit League) held off Kansas City (10-14, 6-5) 67-66 at Swinney Center.

Mayo knocked down four three-pointers and drained two free throws in the final seconds to put the Jackrabbits ahead by one point. SDSU led for most of the game, but a quick run to start the second half put Kansas City ahead for the first time with 11 minutes to play.

The teams traded leads eight times in the final minutes. but Shemarri Allen’s jumper as time expired was no good and the Jackrabbits held on. Allen finished with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Allen also hit a go-ahead three-point shot to make the score 66-65 with just over 35 seconds left.

RayQuawndis Mitchell added 17 points for Kansas City, with the Roos’ other three starters combining for just nine points.

The two teams were scheduled to play Dec. 21 before a winter stormed derailed those plans. Kansas City will be back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday at home against Oral Roberts, which improved to 20-4 (11-0 Summit League) on Monday.