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GCU beats UMKC in overtime, gets 6th win of conference play

(Photo via Grand Canyon University/David Kadlubowski)

PHOENIX — Alessandro Lever scored 18 points as Grand Canyon defeated Kansas City 71-66 in overtime on Thursday night.

Jovan Blacksher Jr. added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Antelopes. Carlos Johnson scored 16 points and Lorenzo Jenkins had 12 points for Grand Canyon (11-13, 6-4 Western Athletic Conference).

After making 3 of 10 3-pointers in regulation, the Antelopes went 2 for 4 in overtime, both makes coming at opportune times. Blacksher hit a 3-pointer for a 68-64 lead with 1:56 to go and Isiah Brown capped the scoring with a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining.

Rob Whitfield had 13 points for the Roos (12-14, 4-7). Jordan Giles added 12 points and Javan White scored 10.

UMKC made 5 of 23 3-pointers and Grand Canyon hit on 5 of 14.

Grand Canyon made 28 of 36 free throws and UMKC made 3 of 8.

The Antelopes defeated Kansas City 69-66 on Jan. 19.

Grand Canyon plays Chicago State at home on Saturday. Kansas City plays at Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.


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