Hardnett, UMKC hold off a Western Illinois rally, 68-67
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jahshire Hardnett hit two free throws with five seconds left to lift UMKC to a 68-67 win over Western Illinois in a Summit League/WAC Challenge game Saturday night.
UMKC led by 12 at the break, but the Leathernecks stormed back in the second half and took the lead on Ben Pyle’s jumper with 6:40 left to play.
Kobe Webster and Zion Young scored back-to-back to put Western Illinois up by four with 3:08 to play. Hardnett scored at the basket to give UMKC the lead, 66-65 with 1:19 left, but Webster took it back with a jumper with :13 remaining.
Hardnett finished with 19 points to pace UMKC (5-4). Javan White and Marvin Nesbitt, Jr. each added 12 points.
Pyle finished with 21 points and Young added another 15 for Western Illinois (2-5).