The Jayhawks lost to the host Lansing Community College Stars in Lansing, MI by a score of 102-89.
MCC got off to a slow start in the first half and found themselves down by as many as 15 before going on a run with about 3 minutes left to cut the deficit to 6. To start the second half they were able to get out in transition and found some rythm on offense, but Lansing was able to match buckets and with 6 minutes left in the game they were up 73-71. MCC struggled to get any defensive stops and LCC extended their lead late in the game.
“We were not good enough on the defensive end, our execution defensively was awful,” said Head Coach Jimmy Booth. “I thought we looked really good during some stretches in both halves but that’s not good enough to win. I’m extremely dissapointed in our lack of consistency in our effort and focus”.
Daryl Kirkland II (Muskegon HS) and Sergio Diaz (Grand Rapids Union HS) each finished with 19 points. Kirkland also grabbed 10 rebounds. Dequaveon Stuckey (Grand Rapids Union HS) chipped in 18 points while Josh Smith (Lansing Waverly HS) had 16 points.
MCC is now 7-6 in the conference and 10-13 overall. They return to the court on Saturday, 2/17 when they host Kalamazoo Valley Community College for a 3:00 pm game.