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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 14 KCC men stay tied for No. 1

CRESTON - The 14th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team strolled by Southwestern, 98-65, Saturday to stay in a three-way tie for first place in the ICCAC conference.

The Eagles are 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the league, tied with DMACC and Iowa Lakes at the top of the standings.

Devonte Thedford finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for Kirkwood in a balanced attack. Jamal Stephenson scored 15 points, DJ Purnell 14, Jalen Taylor 14 and Luke Appel 13 for the Eagles.

Purnell, Niko Gosnell and Seybian Sims had eight rebounds. Taylor hit four 3-pointers off the bench.

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Appel shines as Kirkwood nips NIACC

Luke Appel knew he needed to get stronger and develop better moves around the basket to become a major force for the Kirkwood Eagles this season.

Mission accomplished.

Appel stuffed the stat sheet Wednesday night with 27 points, 17 rebounds and six assists as the 14th-ranked Eagles held off 12th-ranked NIACC, 89-88, in an ICCAC conference thriller at Johnson Hall.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a three-way for first place in the conference with DMACC and Iowa Lakes with 6-1 records.

Appel, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Marshalltown, averaged 9.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season when Kirkwood won the NJCAA Division II national title. Now he's producing 15.5 points and 8.3 rebounds and getting the ball at crunch time.

When the Eagles needed a big bucket Wednesday night, they looked for Appel in the low post, just like they did last year when Doug Wilson was the star of the show.

"I've kind of grown into the role," Appel said. "Doug was my mentor last year and I kind of just learned from him.

"He's an All-American and he's averaging 20 at a Division I school (South Dakota State), so I learned from him every day. And I tried to get as strong as I could this summer and try to become the best I could be.

"I really didn't lift in high school, but I've learned to love it. I was in there all summer."

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No. 1 Eagles fall to No. 4 NIACC

The look on Kim Muhl's face told the story.

He never said it directly, but the veteran Kirkwood women's basketball coach gave off the vibe that his team let one slip away Wednesday night.

In a battle of two nationally-ranked teams, No. 4 North Iowa Area Community College got a late fourth-quarter run and held off numerous challenges in the final two minutes to upset the top-ranked Eagles, 63-60, in an ICCAC game before an enthusiastic crowd at Johnson Hall.

"I thought we didn't do a very good job doing some things," Muhl said. "You gotta make free throws, 15-for-29 is pretty poor. That's on them. They have to make their shots."

Free throws weren't the only area of struggle for the Eagles (20-2, 7-1). They only connected on one 3-point basket in 15 attempts, compared to 9-for-32 for the visitors. NIACC (21-1, 9-0) elected to put heavy pressure on the Kirkwood guards, allowing the Eagle posts to work against single coverage.

"We didn't guard well in transition a couple of times," Muhl said. "We lost them and they hit a couple of 3's. That was our fault. They are too good to let them have open shots like that."

Despite their offensive struggles, the Eagles had their chances. NIACC's biggest lead of the night was a pair of six-point margins early in both halves. The Eagles never led by more than two points the entire night.

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No. 1 Eagles fall to No. 4 NIACC

The look on Kim Muhl's face told the story.

He never said it directly, but the veteran Kirkwood women's basketball coach gave off the vibe that his team let one slip away Wednesday night.

In a battle of two nationally-ranked teams, No. 4 North Iowa Area Community College got a late fourth-quarter run and held off numerous challenges in the final two minutes to upset the top-ranked Eagles, 63-60, in an ICCAC game before an enthusiastic crowd at Johnson Hall.

"I thought we didn't do a very good job doing some things," Muhl said. "You gotta make free throws, 15-for-29 is pretty poor. That's on them. They have to make their shots."

Free throws weren't the only area of struggle for the Eagles (20-2, 7-1). They only connected on one 3-point basket in 15 attempts, compared to 9-for-32 for the visitors. NIACC (21-1, 9-0) elected to put heavy pressure on the Kirkwood guards, allowing the Eagle posts to work against single coverage.

"We didn't guard well in transition a couple of times," Muhl said. "We lost them and they hit a couple of 3's. That was our fault. They are too good to let them have open shots like that."

Despite their offensive struggles, the Eagles had their chances. NIACC's biggest lead of the night was a pair of six-point margins early in both halves. The Eagles never led by more than two points the entire night.

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Kirkwood cagers sweep Little Priest

WINNEBAGO, Neb. - The Kirkwood basketball teams rolled to easy  victories over Little Priest Tribal College in ICCAC conference games  in Nebraska Saturday.

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed Little Priest  by 49 points, 111-62, for its straight lopsided victory. The Eagles  defeated Ellsworth by 50 points on Wednesday.

Kemara Watson led Kirkwood (20-1, 7-0) with 21 points. Paige Bradford  scored 19 points, Tatiana Hodges-Johnson netted 14 points and Marissa  Metz had 13.

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No. 1 KCC women win by 50 points

Paige Bradford scored 22 points Wednesday night as the top-ranked  Kirkwood Eagles crushed Ellsworth, 89-39, in an ICCAC game at Johnson  Hall.

Kirkwood raised its records to 19-1 overall and 6-0 in the league.  Winless Ellsworth fell to 0-18 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

Kemara Watson hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 17 points for Kirkwood.  Delani Harris netted 15 points and Tatiana Hodges-Johnson had 12.

Ellie Barrows tossed in six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Ellsworth.

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No. 17 Eagles dump Ellsworth

Jamal Stephenson popped in 20 points Wednesday night as the  17th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeated Ellsworth, 88-66, in an ICCAC  conference game at Johnson Hall.

Stephenson shot 8 for 11 from the field and made four 3-pointers.

Kirkwood raised its records to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.  Ellsworth fell to 10-10 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Luke Appel scored 16 points for the Eagles. Devonte Thedford had 15  points, Griff Clark 12 and Niko Gosnell 11. Clark was 4-for-5 on  3-pointers and Thedford was 3-for-3 as the Eagles shot 13 of 20 from  behind the arc.

Adam Jackson and Anthony Eddy had 12 points for Ellsworth.

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No. 1 KCC women raise mark to 18-1

Ju Gaston collected a double-double Monday night as the top-ranked  Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated Southwestern, 71-45, in an  ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Gaston finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two  steals for the Eagles, who raised their records to 18-1 overall and  5-0 in the league.

Amara Lipsey made all three of her 3-pointers and scored 13 points for  Kirkwood. Kemara Watson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Simone Jordan scored 16 points for Southwestern (6-12, 1-4).

Kirkwood led by only two points at halftime, 25-23, but the Eagles  outscored the Spartans 29-8 in the third quarter to take control.

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No. 12 Eagles roll by Southwestern

The Southwestern men's basketball team arrived at Johnson Hall Monday  with only eight players in uniform and nobody taller than 6-foot-5.

It was a mismatch from the opening tip.

The 12th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles opened a 53-point lead in the second  half and cruised to a 100-60 victory in an ICCAC conference game.

Kirkwood raised its records to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the league.  Southwestern fell to 7-14 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

DJ Purnell scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Eagles.  Luke Appel collected a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.  Jamal Stephenson, enjoying his first start this season, also scored 15  points. Griff Clark canned four 3-pointers and added 14 points.

Kirkwood punished Southwestern on the backboards, 48-15. James Kelley  scored 19 points for the visitors.

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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.

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