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Mustangs waste 16-point lead

PERU, Neb. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team squandered a 16-point lead on the road Saturday and lost to 14th-ranked Peru State, 83-74, in a Heart of America Conference game in Nebraska.

The Mustangs took a 54-38 advantage with 15:34 remaining on a 3-pointer by Mychael Brawner-Henley, but Peru State promptly exploded for an 18-0 surge to grab the lead at 56-54.

Mount Mercy regained an advantage at 59-58, but it was all downhill from there.

Brawner-Henley poured in eight 3-pointers and scored 31 points for the Mustangs. Dennis McKinney contributed 20 points, but nobody else reached double figures for Mount Mercy. Antwain Strong dished out 12 assists.

Bailey Basala did not play for the Mustangs.

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No. 7 KCC softball wins openers

DAVENPORT - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team began the 2019 season with a pair of victories at the Winter Dome Tournament in Davenport Saturday.

The Eagles topped the St. Ambrose junior varsity, 8-5, and whipped John Wood Community College, 12-3.

The games marked the debut of new Kirkwood Coach Eric Frese, who succeeded Joe Yegge after Yegge left to become an assistant at DePaul.

Jayme Finn, Skylar Ryan and Randyn Carter had two hits in the victory over St. Ambrose. Rachel Stewart and Finn scored twice. London Jackson drove in three runs.

Erin Hocker pitched five shutout innings for the victory in Game 1. She allowed only three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks.

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Mustangs spiked by No. 6 Aquinas

The Mount Mercy men's volleyball saw its string of success against Top 10 teams come to an end Saturday afternoon.

The Mustangs lost to sixth-ranked Aquinas, 3-1, in a non-conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center. The set scores were 30-28, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20.

Mount Mercy gained a split for the day by sweeping Viterbo, 25-12, 25-20, 25-21.

The Mustangs have defeated top-ranked Grand View and 10th-ranked Clarke this season, but Aquinas held the upper hand Saturday and raised its record to a sparkling 15-0.

Dalton Hynek had 11 kills against Viterbo and Ben Steffen had 10. Jaime Araiza collected 19 assists and Matt Belling had 10 digs.

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Mount Mercy softball wins pair in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Mount Mercy softball team collected a pair of  tight victories in Florida Friday.

The Mustangs trimmed Warner University, 3-1, in their first game and  edged Martin Methodist College, 6-5, in eight innings in their second  outing of the day.

Jayna Witzany pitched a complete game for Mount Mercy (2-2) against  Warner University. She allowed one run on seven hits, with six  strikeouts and only one walk.

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Mount Mercy baseball drops pair

MESA, Ariz. - The Mount Mercy baseball team dropped both ends of its  doubleheader against Benedictine-Mesa in Arizona Friday.

Benedictine won the first game, 7-6, in 10 innings and took the nightcap, 6-1.

Owen Oreskovich went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Mustangs in the  opener. Chili Moseley scored two runs.

Manny Olutunde went 3-for-4 for Mount Mercy (1-5) in the second game.  Austin Hilpipre was 2-for-4.

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