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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Phew! Mustangs survive 99-94 in OT

If you don't think they play fantastic college basketball at the NAIA level, stop by the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday and Sunday for the final two rounds of the conference tournament they're holding right here in downtown Cedar Rapids.

You might become a convert for life.

Alex Houston muscled in a career-high 31 points and snared 12 rebounds as Mount Mercy barely survived its first-round date with Johnson & Wales, 99-94, in overtime Friday night in a terrific ballgame in the Association of Independent Institutions event.

The Mustangs are seeded No. 1 in the AII tournament and the visitors from Colorado are seeded No. 8, but the seeds had little meaning during a mad-cap day of basketball. Washington Adventist, the No. 7 seed, upset No. 2 seed Rochester (Minn.) in the opening round and Johnson & Wales nearly bumped Mount Mercy out of the tournament.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 23:39

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Mount Mercy delays verdict on football

Mount Mercy University has postponed its decision about starting a varsity football program for another year as it continues to study the costs, fundraising plans and future impact on the school.

The Board of Trustees has endorsed the concept of having a football team for the 2019 season, but the board decided at its annual meeting this month in Florida that there are too many unanswered questions at this point.

Where would the players live? How much money could be raised to finance the program? What impact would another 100 students have on academic classes?

"Significant financial decisions remain which will require board approval," Mount Mercy president Laurie Hamen informed Mount Mercy employees in a Feb. 17 e-mail that was obtained by the Metro Sports Report.

Hamen said in December that she expected a final decision on football during the early part of 2016, but now that time frame has been extended for another full year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:07

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NAIA hoops tourney set for C.R. this weekend

Mount Mercy University was delighted when it was admitted into the Heart of America Conference last year, but their basketball teams will not start competing in the league until next season.

That left the Mustangs as a basketball orphan this season. That led to them joining the Association of Independent Institutions, which is an informal conference that's administered by the NAIA for schools that need a league and teams to play.

And that led Mount Mercy to acting as the host for the AII men's and women's basketball tournaments that will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown Cedar Rapids.

If you see a lot of tall people walking around Cedar Rapids this weekend, you'll know why.

There are eight teams in both tournaments, which will be held morning, afternoon and night at the Cell Center. Mount Mercy received an automatic spot in the tournament as the host, but the Mustangs earned their way into the tournament anyway with successful campaigns.

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Viterbo upsets Mount Mercy men

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The 17th-ranked Mount Mercy men’s basketball team suffered an 81-78 setback against unranked Viterbo on Saturday at the R.W. Beggs Sr. Gym.

The Mustangs started slow, trailing 13-4 early, but cut the lead to 79-78 with 15 seconds left. Two free throws by Pete Drummond with eight seconds on the clock sealed it for Viterbo.

Alex Houston scored 18 points for Mount Mercy (22-7), C.J. Parker had 15 points, and Kyle Lamaak added 12.

Jared Fleischmann had 18 points for Viterbo (13-16).

MOUNT MERCY (78): Houston 4 10-12 18, Wagner 3 0-0 7, Ford 0 0-2 0, Parker 3 8-8 15, Bedford 1 1-2 3, Strong 2 0-0 6, Murdock 0 0-0 0, Brawner 4 0-0 9, Lamaak 5 2-4 12, Struss 1 1-2 4, Gogg 2 0-2 4. Totals 25 22-32 78.

VITERBO (81): Fleischmann 6 4-5 18, Drummond 3 9-10 17, Bamke 2 2-5 6, Engelstad 7 0-0 14, Haberman 4 2-2 12, Gossman 1 4-6 7, Poehls 1 0-0 3, Kiekhafer 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 21-28 81.

Halftime – Viterbo 38, Mount Mercy 26. 3-point goals – Mount Mercy 6 (Strong 2, Wagner, Parker, Brawner, Struss), Viterbo 8 (Fleischmann 2, Drummond 2, Haberman 2, Gossman, Poehls).

 

Mount Mercy women down Viterbo

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Alisa Weiland scored 17 points and Makenzie Zeitler grabbed 14 rebounds as the Mount Mercy women’s basketball team cruised past Viterbo on Saturday at R.W. Beggs Sr. Gym.

The Mustangs, already leading 39-27 at halftime, went on a 23-7 run in the third quarter to put the game away.

Abby Herb and Ashley Dolan each scored 10 points for Mount Mercy (16-13).

Bailey Klaas led Viterbo (6-22) with 11 points.

MOUNT MERCY (74): Weiland 7 1-2 17, Herb 3 4-4 10, Dolan 5 0-3 10, Thompson 4 0-0 9, Zeitler 3 2-3 8, Blowers 2 0-0 6, Harmon 1 2-2 4, Lampe 2 0-1 4, Jordan 1 0-0 2, Keating 0 2-2 2, Lehman 1 0-0 2, Goodman 0 0-0 0, Sexton 0 0-0 0, Valadez 0 0-0 0, Seelman 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 11-17 74.

VITERBO (51): Klaas 3 5-6 11, Busse 1 4-6 7, Hanson 3 0-0 6, Hattamer 2 0-2 4, Hofschild 0 2-4 2, Geiser 3 2-4 9, Huebner 2 0-0 5, Klaas 2 0-2 5, Wahl 1 0-0 2, Mendoza 0 0-2 0, Lorenz 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 13-26 51.

Halftime – Mount Mercy 39, Viterbo 27. 3-point goals – 5 (Weiland 2, Blowers 2, Thompson), Viterbo 4 (Busse, Geiser, Huebner, Klaas).

   
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