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Sharp Mustangs roll up 115 points

When the Mount Mercy Mustangs are cooking, you need a tote machine to  keep track of all the points.

They were cooking Monday night.

The Mustangs scored their most points in five years with a 115-91  verdict over Culver-Stockton in a Heart of America ballgame at the  Hennessey Recreation Center.

Michael Brawner-Henley led seven Mustangs into double figures with 23  points as the home team scored early and often.

Mount Mercy averaged only 70.7 points during a three-game losing  streak prior to Thanksgiving, but the Mustangs revved up the attack  against Culver-Stockton.

"I thought we got back to playing the way we want to play," said Coach  Aaron Jennings. "I thought Benedictine and Clarke, and even St.  Ambrose, did a good job of dictating tempo and kind of bullying us,  pushing us around (in the setbacks).

"And today we played very free. We were playing fast, but under  control. And when you do those things I think we're a dangerous team.  And you saw that tonight."


Mount Mercy women drop 4th straight

Mount Mercy fell behind by 19 points at halftime Monday night and lost  to Culver-Stockton, 73-58, in a Heart of America women's basketball  game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs pulled within 10 points in the second half before falling  back again.

Mount Mercy lost its fourth straight game and fell to 3-4 overall and  0-3 in the conference.

Audrey Mulumba led the Mustangs with 19 points and seven rebounds.  Aurianna Hampton scored 12 points. Paris Sheck grabbed eight rebounds.


Wilson helps Eagles dunk Statesmen

Doug Wilson made a big splash in college basketball last season when he led the nation in field-goal accuracy and was named a Junior College All-American for the Kirkwood Eagles.

He's even better this year.

Wilson dunked the ball four times and powered in 26 points Tuesday night as the fifth-ranked Eagles defeated the William Penn junior varsity, 92-72, at Johnson Hall.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Des Moines, is averaging 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds, along with 2.4 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals every time on the floor.

He made 12 of 15 shots Tuesday for 80 percent and appears even more explosive than a year ago. He missed a dunk on a breakaway in the first half, but it's hard to criticize a guy who tries so hard.

"He affects the game in a lot of ways," said KCC Coach Bryan Petersen. "We still get on him for a lot of stuff, but he's a heck of a player and he plays really hard. That's what's fun about coaching him."

Wilson can be unstoppable around the basket with his strength and great leaping ability, but he's branched out from there.

"He's matured in a lot of ways," said Petersen. "From an offensive standpoint, he's added to his game with more perimeter skills. He's shooting the free throws better."


No. 2 Eagles turn Sweet 16

Anasha Hurst, Haley Mullinnix and Ashley Tull scored 16 points apiece Tuesday night to help the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat South Australia, 93-72, in a women's basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The Australians tossed in nine 3-pointers in the first half and trailed by only one point, 38-37, at intermission.

Kirkwood poured in 33 points in the third quarter to take control at 71-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Hurst stuffed the box score with 16 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Mullinnix hit four 3-pointers as part of her 16-point performance. Tull grabbed seven rebounds to complement her 16-point outing.


Mustangs topped by Harris-Stowe

ST. LOUIS - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team fell behind by 22 points Tuesday night and never recovered.

The Mustangs lost to Harris-Stowe State, 74-51, in a non-conference game in St. Louis.

Brianna Thomas scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds for Mount Mercy (3-3). Aurianna Hampton added 10 points.


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