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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy women stung by Bees

DAVENPORT - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team returned to action  after its holiday break Friday night and lost to Saint Ambrose, 82-64, in a non-conference game in Davenport.

The setback left the Mustangs with a 4-and-9 record for the 2018 portion of their campaign.

Brianna Thomas led Mount Mercy with 18 points and was the only Mustang to score in double figures. The Mustangs trailed by 16 points at halftime and drew within 10 points in the second half, but never recovered.

Candace Finnin scored 16 points for the Bees (11-4).

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Strong has dream job with Mustangs

Antwain Strong appears to be the happiest guy on the floor for the Mount Mercy men's basketball team, always smiling and laughing and occasionally talking to fans in the stands.

He's got a lot to be happy about.

Strong is an extremely talented point guard who is surrounded by terrific 3-point shooters. In fact, the Mustangs lead the nation in 3-point shooting and Strong ranks fifth in the NAIA in assists.

They did nothing to hurt those numbers Tuesday night.

Mount Mercy popped in 20 pointers - the second-most in school history - and posted a 102-85 victory over Viterbo in a non-conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs set the school record for most 3-pointers in a single game when they tossed in 22 triples in a 107-84 victory at Viterbo in the season opener on Nov. 1.

No wonder Strong is always smiling. He loves being the point guard on a team with great marksmen.

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McKinney is new man for Mustangs

Dennis McKinney has undergone an incredible transformation for the Mount Mercy Mustangs this season.

Last year as a red-shirt freshman, he averaged 5.3 points as a reserve and attempted only one 3-pointer all season. "He shot one," cracked Coach Aaron Jennings, "and it was a mistake."

This year, McKinney is averaging a healthy 18.3 points as a key member of the starting lineup and has hit 29 triples in 12 games for the most prolific 3-point shooting team in NAIA basketball.

In high school in Chicago, he was a 6-foot-4 center who played with his back to the basket and was known for his offensive rebounds and tendency to commit too many fouls.

In college in Cedar Rapids, he roams all over the court and is capable of scoring from every spot on the floor, with strong moves near the basket and a soft touch on the perimeter.

McKinney scored 21 points and hit a key 3-pointer Monday to help the Mustangs hold off Waldorf, 82-76, in a non-conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

"He has put in a tremendous amount of work. He loves the game of basketball," said Jennings, who has enjoyed watching McKinney become one of the top players in the Heart of America Conference.

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Mount Mercy men roll by Evangel

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team raced to a 30-point lead in the second half Saturday and dunked Evangel, 93-74, in a Heart of America Conference game.

The Mustangs (6-5, 3-4) led by 18 points at halftime, 48-30, and kept motoring from there.

Dennis McKinney paced Mount Mercy with 24 points. Antwain Strong scored 15 points. Mychael Brawner-Henley scored 11 points and DJ Johnson contributed 10 points. Mike Evans had nine points and nine rebounds.

Jacob Smith scored 12 points for Evangel, which fell to 1-11 overall and 0-7 in the conference.

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Mount Mercy women fall by 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team is still looking for its first victory in the Heart of America Conference.

The Mustangs were drubbed by Evangel, 88-57, Saturday for their seventh straight loss in the conference.

Audrey Mulumba had 19 points and eight rebounds for Mount Mercy (4-8, 0-7). Sarah Moffett scored 11 points.

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