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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs foiled by Mo Valley, 114-104

MARSHALL, Mo. - It's hard to lose a basketball game when you make  seventeen 3-pointers and pour in 104 points, but the Mount Mercy  Mustangs found a way Saturday.

Mount Mercy lost to Missouri Valley, 114-104, in a Heart of America  Conference shootout that did not feature a whole lot of defense.

Davarea Loggins popped in eight 3-pointers and scored 24 points for  the Mustangs, who were 17 of 35 from 3-point land Saturday. Bailey  Basala made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points.

Royshawn Webb finished with 16 points, seven assists and five  rebounds. Davion Watson contributed 11 points. Christian Reischauer  had seven assists to match Webb.

Alonzo Williams scored 25 points for Missouri Valley (7-5, 4-3).  Darrell Watson and Tavious Brazil netted 19 points apiece.



Mount Mercy rally falls short

MARSHALL, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team staged a  furious rally in the fourth quarter Saturday, but time ran out on the  Mustangs.

Mount Mercy lost to Missouri Valley, 68-64, in a Heart of America  Conference game on the road.

The Mustangs trailed by 22 points after three quarters, 55-33, but  they pulled within two points at 66-64 with six seconds left on a pair  of free throws by Brianna Thomas.

Mount Mercy sent Missouri Valley to the foul line with five seconds  left and the hosts cooperated by missing both of their free throws,  but Missouri Valley grabbed an offensive rebound after the second  errant foul shot and was fouled again with three seconds left.

This time, Shanelle Tolley cashed both free throws to make the final  score 68-64.

Mount Mercy outscored Missouri Valley, 31-13, in the fourth period.

Sofia Popp scored 24 points for Mount Mercy (2-7, 1-5). Thomas  finished with 11 points and Sandra Mia scored 10. Popp contributed  eight rebounds and four steals. Mia had six steals.



Mount Mercy men fall at Clarke

DUBUQUE - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team lost to Clarke, 88-78,  in a Heart of America Conference game in Dubuque Thursday night.

Dennis McKinney led the Mustangs (5-4, 2-3) with 28 points, five  rebounds, four assists, three steals and two assists. He made five  3-pointers.

Davion Watson contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for Mount  Mercy. RoyShawn Webb scored 10 points.

Nick Marshall scored 22 points and Darius Lasley had 21 points for  Clarke (5-5, 3-3).



No. 21 Clarke tops Mount Mercy women

DUBUQUE - The 21st-ranked Clarke women's basketball team defeated  Mount Mercy, 91-65, Thursday night in a Heart of America Conference  game in Dubuque.

Abbie Kinnaird scored 14 points for the Mustangs (2-6, 1-4). Brianna  Thomas had 12 points and Sofia Popp netted 10. Popp was 10-for-10 at  the foul line.

Makenna Haase scored 20 points for Clarke (8-2, 4-2).

There were 56 fouls in the 40-minute game, including 34 by Mount Mercy.



Mustangs respond against Grand View

The Mount Mercy Mustangs did a little soul-searching during halftime against Grand View Monday night.

The Mustangs, coming off a 30-point loss at Graceland, played poorly during the first half against Grand View Monday with numerous lapses on defense and little intensity.

"We just had to toughen up," said junior Dennis McKinney. "Davion Watson, one of our seniors, talked to us and we finished it by saying,  'If we want to play in March, we can't play like we did in the first  half tonight.'"

Mount Mercy, determined to play better, owned the second half and collected an 80-65 victory over the Vikings in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs went on a 17-0 run early in the second half for a 59-50  lead, with stiffer defense fueling the attack, and it ultimately turned into a 34-6 surge for a 20-point advantage at 76-56 with 5:34  left in the game.

Mount Mercy completely dominated Grand View during that 13-minute stretch with some of its best basketball of the season.

Coach Aaron Jennings said they talked about defense at halftime. "Grand View was carving us up in the first half," he said. "Just open shot after open shot after open shot."

It was all about effort, said Jennings.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 06:01



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