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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs trimmed by No. 3 Statesmen

The Mount Mercy Mustangs gave third-ranked William Penn a good battle  Monday night before falling, 93-89, in a Heart of America Conference  game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs pumped in 20 3-pointers to give themselves a chance  at pulling a major upset, including a triple by Royshawn Webb that  pulled the home team within 92-89 with 45 seconds left, but the rally  ended there.

Bailey Basala and Streeter McIlravy both canned five 3-pointers and  scored 19 points for Mount Mercy (9-9, 4-8). Webb finished with 17  points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Davion  Watson scored 15 points for the Mustangs. Dennis McKinney chipped in  with 11 points and six assists.

Kevin Blaylock provided 19 points and 10 rebounds for William Penn,  which is enjoying a terrific season at 17-1 overall and 11-1 in the  conference. Five Statesmen scored in double figures, matching the  Mustangs.

William Penn topped Mount Mercy on the backboards, 52-36.



Mount Mercy women pinned by Penn

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to William Penn, 78-53,  in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation  Center Monday night.

The Mustangs fell to 4-13 overall and 1-11 in the league. William Penn  raised its records to 13-4 overall and 9-3 in the league.

Sandra Mia scored 22 points for Mount Mercy and Brianna Thomas chipped  in with 12.

Kate Ylitalo popped in five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for William Penn.



Mustangs enjoy home cooking at Hennessey

There have been two different Mount Mercy men's basketball teams this season.

The team that plays its home games at the Hennessey Recreation Center  has a 7-2 record and has outscored its opponents by an average of 13  points per game.

The Mount Mercy team that plays on the road has a 2-6 record and has  been outscored by an average of 11.1 points per game.

Thankfully for the Mustangs, they played at home Wednesday night.

Dennis McKinney popped in seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points as  Mount Mercy belted Culver-Stockton, 97-64, in a Heart of America  Conference game at Hennessey.

Coach Aaron Jennings is well-aware of the discrepancy between his  team's performances at home and away.

"This conference is just so crazy," he said. "It's not just us. It's  across the board in the conference. Home and away.



Mustangs fall to 1-10 in Heart

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to Culver-Stockton,  71-55, in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey  Recreation Center Wednesday night.

The Mustangs fell to 4-12 overall and 1-10 in the conference.  Culver-Stockton raised its records to 11-7 overall and 7-5 in the  league.

Sarah Moffett led Mount Mercy with 17 points and eight rebounds.  Brianna Thomas scored 12 points and Sandra Mia netted 11.

Ryan Dooley led Culver-Stockton with 19 points.



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.


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