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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Gritty Mustangs knock off Clarke

If you thought the Mount Mercy Mustangs were going to surrender just because two of their best players are out of action, guess again.

There's no quit in these guys.

The Mustangs banded together and dug a little deeper into their bench Wednesday night and held off Clarke, 88-80, in a Heart of America Conference men's basketball game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mohammed Albagami, who has stepped into the starting lineup the last three games, popped in four 3-pointers and notched 20 points to share team scoring honors with Dennis McKinney.

Antwain Strong almost collected a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Mike Evans contributed 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals. DJ Johnson, who was the ninth man in an eight-man rotation much of the season, played 23 minutes and scored 11 points.

"It's next man up," said Albagami, a senior from Battle Creek, Mich. "We're just trying to keep getting better."

Mychael Brawner-Henley (suspension) and Bailey Basala (sprained ankle) are expected back in the next week or two, and in the meantime the Mustangs are trying to keep it all together.

"Once we get everybody back to full strength, we feel like we can beat anybody," said Albagami. "We just have to keep it going."

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Mount Mercy women fall short

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team was red-hot at times Wednesday night and ice-cold at other times.

They turned cold at the wrong time in the fourth quarter and lost to Clarke, 64-56, in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy scored 22 points in the first quarter, then cooled off and scored only five points in the second period. The Mustangs got hot again in the third quarter and pumped in 25 points, but they got cold again in the fourth stanza with only four points.

It's unusual to see a team score 22, 5, 25 and 4 points in consecutive quarters, but it happened Wednesday night.

The Mustangs enjoyed an eight-point lead in the third quarter when they were pumping in 3-pointers, but the Mustangs did not score during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and the game slipped away.

Chelsey Lampe and Sara Blowers scored nine points for Mount Mercy (5-14, 1-12). Makenna Haase scored 18 points for Clarke (12-6, 7-6).

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Mustang women falter in 2nd half

FAYETTE, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team is having a rough time this season, but the Mustangs raced to a 38-25 halftime  advantage over the No. 23 team in the nation Monday night on the road.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the second half was a completely different story.

Central Methodist pounded Mount Mercy by 24 points in the second half  and posted a 72-61 victory in a Heart of America Conference game.

The Mustangs, playing without point guard Sharice Kawakami, outscored Central Methodist 25-9 in the second quarter on their way to their 13-point advantage at intermission.

Central Methodist (12-6, 8-4) got things rolling in the second half  and outscored Mount Mercy 24-13 in the third quarter and 23-10 in the final stanza.

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Mustangs fall to No. 2 William Penn

OSKALOOSA - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team got off to a  terrific start against William Penn Thursday night with a 14-point  lead in the first half, but it went downhill from there.

The Mustangs lost to the second-ranked Statesmen, 99-79, in a Heart of  America Conference game at Penn Gymnasium.

Mount Mercy faced a monumental assignment with two of its top players  - Mychael Brawner-Henley (suspended) and Bailey Basala (injury) - not  in uniform, but the Mustangs raced to a 32-18 lead with 9:48 left in  the first half despite being short-handed.

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William Penn tops Mustang women

OSKALOOSA - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to 20th-ranked William Penn, 66-42, in a Heart of America Conference game  Thursday night.

Lakin Goodman led the Mustangs (5-12, 1-10) with 11 points. The  Mustangs scored only three points in the third quarter and were held  to their lowest total of the season.

Vashti Nwagbaraocha scored 18 points for William Penn (15-1, 10-1).

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