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Gosnell ignites No. 16 Eagles past Lakers

Niko Gosnell has been a terrific athlete for a long time, but now he's  becoming an accomplished college basketball player for the Kirkwood  Eagles.

The evidence was obvious Saturday.

Gosnell scored a season-high 15 points and ignited the 16th-ranked  Eagles with his defense in a 91-84 victory over 20th-ranked Iowa Lakes  in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Gosnell was a key ingredient in the second half when Kirkwood exploded  for a 24-6 run, turning an eight-point deficit into a 10-point lead.  He scored seven points and blocked three shots during that surge as  the Eagles grabbed a 61-51 lead with 9:26 left in the game.

Just a few minutes earlier, they were staring at a 45-37 deficit.

Gosnell began the explosion with a dunk. Then he blocked a shot,  leading to a layup by Seybian Sims at the other end. Gosnell blocked  another shot and Gacoby Jones scored, then the Eagles got another stop  and Devonte Thedford scored to tie the game.

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Bradford powers No. 1 Eagles

Paige Bradford of Kirkwood says she's lost a few pounds since the end  of last season, which is why she's playing a lot better right now.

A few pounds? Coach Kim Muhl says Bradford has shed about 20 pounds  since March.

"She's changed her body and she's a better player," Muhl said  Saturday. "That's made her quicker and confident."

Bradford hit 7 of 9 shots and scored 17 points as the top-ranked  Eagles crushed Iowa Lakes, 77-42, in an ICCAC Conference game at  Johnson Hall.

This past Wednesday, Bradford was a perfect 12 of 12 from the field  and poured in a career-best 27 points when the Eagles topped  Southeastern for Muhl's 900th victory as head coach.

Bradford is leaner, meaner and much quicker around the basket this season.

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Mustangs foiled by Mo Valley, 114-104

MARSHALL, Mo. - It's hard to lose a basketball game when you make  seventeen 3-pointers and pour in 104 points, but the Mount Mercy  Mustangs found a way Saturday.

Mount Mercy lost to Missouri Valley, 114-104, in a Heart of America  Conference shootout that did not feature a whole lot of defense.

Davarea Loggins popped in eight 3-pointers and scored 24 points for  the Mustangs, who were 17 of 35 from 3-point land Saturday. Bailey  Basala made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points.

Royshawn Webb finished with 16 points, seven assists and five  rebounds. Davion Watson contributed 11 points. Christian Reischauer  had seven assists to match Webb.

Alonzo Williams scored 25 points for Missouri Valley (7-5, 4-3).  Darrell Watson and Tavious Brazil netted 19 points apiece.

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Mount Mercy rally falls short

MARSHALL, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team staged a  furious rally in the fourth quarter Saturday, but time ran out on the  Mustangs.

Mount Mercy lost to Missouri Valley, 68-64, in a Heart of America  Conference game on the road.

The Mustangs trailed by 22 points after three quarters, 55-33, but  they pulled within two points at 66-64 with six seconds left on a pair  of free throws by Brianna Thomas.

Mount Mercy sent Missouri Valley to the foul line with five seconds  left and the hosts cooperated by missing both of their free throws,  but Missouri Valley grabbed an offensive rebound after the second  errant foul shot and was fouled again with three seconds left.

This time, Shanelle Tolley cashed both free throws to make the final  score 68-64.

Mount Mercy outscored Missouri Valley, 31-13, in the fourth period.

Sofia Popp scored 24 points for Mount Mercy (2-7, 1-5). Thomas  finished with 11 points and Sandra Mia scored 10. Popp contributed  eight rebounds and four steals. Mia had six steals.

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Mount Mercy men fall at Clarke

DUBUQUE - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team lost to Clarke, 88-78,  in a Heart of America Conference game in Dubuque Thursday night.

Dennis McKinney led the Mustangs (5-4, 2-3) with 28 points, five  rebounds, four assists, three steals and two assists. He made five  3-pointers.

Davion Watson contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for Mount  Mercy. RoyShawn Webb scored 10 points.

Nick Marshall scored 22 points and Darius Lasley had 21 points for  Clarke (5-5, 3-3).

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