Hill’s free throws lift IUPUI past UMKC in Summit League tourney
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Summit League player of the year George Hill scored the final four points of the game on free throws Saturday as IUPUI avoided UMKC’s upset bid, winning 69-65 in a Summit League tournament quarterfinal.
Hill scored 16 points, five under his season average, while senior guard Austin Montgomery led the Jaguarswith 17 points.
Second-seeded IUPUI (25-6) advanced to Monday’s semifinal, in which the Jaguars will play the winner of Sunday’s game between Oakland (Mich.) and Western Illinois.
Senior guard Tim Blackwell led Missouri-Kansas City (11-21) with 19 points and Dane Brumagin added 16 for the Kangaroos.
The Kangaroos flirted with an upset all night. Trailing 36-31 at the half, UMKC rallied to within three twice and tied the game at 62-62 with 2:30 left on a layup by Brumagin.
The teams then traded 3-pointers before Hill sealed the win with his four free throws, the last two coming with 2.8 seconds left.
IUPUI outscored UMKC from the free throw line 21-8. IUPUI hit 84 percent (21-25) of its free throws compared to UMKC’s 47.1 percent (8-17).
The Jaguars led most of the first half, but a 12-0 run by UMKC put the Kangaroos ahead 24-18 with just over 6 minutes to play. IUPUI then outscored UMKC 18-7 the rest of the half and led 36-31 at the break.
UMKC limited Hill to four first-half points.