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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.


No. 1 Eagles cruise to 17-1 record

BOONE - Freshman Kemara Watson scored a career-best 19 points and  grabbed eight rebounds Wednesday night as the top-ranked Kirkwood  women's basketball team blasted DMACC, 89-58, in an ICCAC conference  game in Boone.

The Eagles raised their records to 17-1 overall and 4-0 in the  conference. DMACC fell to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Natalie Tomaszewski pitched in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Ten  Kirkwood players scored at least five points in the well-balanced  attack.

Hannah McKinney scored 11 points for DMACC.


No. 3 DMACC dumps No. 12 Eagles

BOONE - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball trailed by 20 points  at halftime Wednesday night and fell to third-ranked DMACC, 78-58, in  an ICCAC conference game in Boone.

The Eagles dropped to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the league. DMACC raised  its records to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

DJ Purnell finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for Kirkwood.  Jamal Stephenson hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Luke Appel  had nine points and nine rebounds.

Zach Lester led DMACC with 16 points. Willie Guy, a freshman from  Cedar Rapids Jefferson, had a double-double with 10 points and 11  rebounds.


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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