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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs clinch berth in playoffs

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team came through in the clutch  Wednesday night.

The Mustangs whipped Grand View, 83-68, in a Heart of America  Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center to clinch a spot in  the league playoffs that begin next week.

Mount Mercy (16-14, 11-13) will play a first-round game in the  conference tournament next Tuesday.

Mohammed Albagami led five Mustangs into double figures with 20  points. Mychael Brawner-Henley scored 19, Antwain Strong 16, Dennis  McKinney 15 and Mike Evans 11. Strong also had eight rebounds and  seven assists.

Brawner-Henley popped in five 3-pointers, Albagami hit four triples  and Strong had three. McKinney grabbed seven rebounds and  Brawner-Henley had six.



Mustangs fall in final second, 67-65

A three-day reprieve did not help the Mount Mercy men's basketball  team Tuesday night and now the Mustangs are in danger of missing the  Heart of America Conference playoffs.

Mount Mercy lost to Central Methodist, 67-65, in a game that began  Saturday and was postponed to Tuesday with 16:10 left in the second  half due to moisture falling on the court at the Hennessey Recreation  Center.

The Mustangs trailed 40-36 when the game resumed and took a few small  leads, but they never got rolling and lost when Isaiah Thurmond made a  driving layup with 1.1 seconds left.

Mychael Brawner-Henley hit a clutch 3-pointer for Mount Mercy with  20.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 65-65, but the Mustangs were  not able to stop Thurmond from getting to the basket for the  game-winner.

"You have all this time to prepare for the last 16:10 and we didn't  execute," said Mount Mercy Coach Aaron Jennings. "There were things we  were supposed to take away and for some reason we did not do that.



Menster tosses shutout for Mustangs

DAVENPORT - Tawny Menster pitched a one-hit shutout for the Mount  Mercy softball team on Sunday in a 10-0 victory over Lincoln (Ill.) at  the Ambrose Dome.

Menster struck out nine batters in the five-inning game and did not  issue any walks. She also hit a triple and drove in a run.

Jolona Shield, Emily Oler and Sydney Robertson had two hits for the  Mustangs. Payton Bruner, Shield and Oler drove in two runs. Oler  belted a home run. Shield scored twice. The Mustangs scored all 10 of  their runs against Lincoln in the second inning.

Mount Mercy was nipped by Aquinas (Mich.), 8-7, in the other game  Sunday for its third one-run loss of the weekend.



No. 9 Mustangs top Mo Valley

MARSHALL, Mo. - The ninth-ranked Mount Mercy men's volleyball team  raised its record to 5-0 in the Heart of America Conference Saturday  night with a 3-1 victory over Missouri Valley.

Mount Mercy lost the first set 25-23, then fired back and won the next  three sets 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21.

Julian Armendano collected 17 kills and 10 digs for the Mustangs, who  raised their record to 13-5 overall. Nikola Stoimenov contributed 17  kills and five aces.



Mount Mercy hoops postponed by rain

Mount Mercy's game against Central Methodist University was postponed  by rain Saturday, but there was a twist.

It was basketball, not baseball.

Water began dripping from the ceiling at the Hennessey Recreation Center in the second half of the men's basketball game, stopping  action with 16 minutes, 10 seconds left to play.

A combination of ran and melting snow apparently led to the problem,  with the water falling onto the floor near mid-court. Officials waited an hour for the problem to subside, but ultimately decided the court was unplayable and sent everyone home.

The game will be resumed at a later date with Central Methodist  holding a 40-36 lead.

Paul Gavin, the athletic director and former men's basketball coach at  Mount Mercy, said he'd never experienced a situation like this.



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