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Mustangs ambushed by MidAmerica Nazarene

OLATHE, Kan. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team was pounded by  MidAmerica Nazarene, 103-74, in a Heart of America Conference game at  Bell Family Arena Monday.

The game was postponed two days due to inclement weather and hazardous  travel conditions Saturday.

Patrick Cairns scored 26 points off the bench to lead MidAmerica  Nazarene. Trey Brown popped in five 3-pointers and 22 points for the  winners, who had five players in double figures. Dakota Quinn  collected a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds for  MidAmerica Nazarene (11-5, 7-3).

RoyShawn Webb led Mount Mercy with 16 points. Dennis McKinney scored  14 points and DJ Johnson added 10 markers for the Mustangs (8-8, 3-7).

MidAmerica Nazarene scorched the nets for 56.9 percent, hitting 41 of  72 shots.


Nazarene dunks Mount Mercy women

OLATHE, Kan. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team had a tough  time against 19th-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene Monday and dropped the  Heart of America Conference encounter, 83-39, at the Bell Family Arena.

Megan Scott scored 22 points for MidAmerica Nazarene and Mackenzie Loe  snared 20 rebounds in the lopsided victory, which raised Nazarene's  records to 8-5 overall and 7-3 in the league.

Chailey Cabalis scored 14 points for the Mustangs (4-11, 1-9).

Mount Mercy shot 16 for 60 from the field for 26.7 percent and was  pounded on the backboards, 63-36.


McKinney nets 39 to power Mustangs

Aaron Jennings collected his first victory over Central Methodist  Wednesday night during his five years as the men's basketball coach at  Mount Mercy.

Dennis McKinney made sure it happened.

McKinney poured in a career-high 39 points as the Mustangs topped  Central Methodist, 100-86, in a Heart of America Conference game at  the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The breakthrough gave Mount Mercy an important victory over a  perennial league power, although Central Methodist has a losing record  this year.

"Been close a couple of times," said Jennings, recalling past games.  "It feels good."

McKinney, a Cedar Rapids Jefferson grad, grabbed 11 rebounds for his  first double-double of the season and popped in four 3-pointers while  playing 36 minutes.

"He's a beast," said Jennings. "Tonight he had it going. It's special."


No. 1 Eagles crush Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team cruised to an 85-39 victory over Iowa Central Wednesday night in an ICCAC conference game in Fort Dodge.

Paige Bradford led the Eagles with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds. Kemara Watson shot 6-for-6 from the field and finished with 15 points. Delani Harris added 13 points. Natalie Tomaszewski blocked three shots.

Auriyah Stewart scored 10 points for Iowa Central, which fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Kirkwood raised its records to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference.


No. 13 KCC men win 7th straight

FORT DODGE - Seybian Sims snared 15 rebounds Wednesday night as the 13th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Iowa Central, 79-68, in an ICCAC conference game for their seventh straight victory.

Luke Appel finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles, who raised their records to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Devonte Thedford contributed 19 points and six rebounds for Kirkwood. Jamal Stephenson chipped in with 16 points.

Marquis Henry scored 16 points for Iowa Central (5-10, 0-2).


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