Mount Mercy University

12/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2019 21:20

[Men's Basketball] Slow Start Haunts Mustangs in Loss to Pride

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Mustangs came up just short after a delayed start to their offensive attack against the Pride of Clarke University. While the Mustangs outscored the Pride in the second half, the last-minute comeback would fall short as the Pride defeated the Mustangs 88-77. The Mustangs move to 2-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and 5-4 overall.

The Vikings opened the game on a 14-3 run. It was not until a three by Dennis McKinney (JR/Chicago, Ill.) sparked the Mustangs' offense to cut the Pride lead to four capped with a long ball by Davion Watson (SR/Champaign, Ill.). The two teams went into the half with the Pride leading 43-32. The Mustangs raced out of the locker rooms with back-to-back three pointers by McKinney. The Pride retaliated with four-straight baskets. Midway through the second half, the Pride snagged their largest lead of the game at 26 and coasted to victory. While the Mustangs kept fighting, 10 points would be the margin as Streeter McIlravy (JR/Solon, Iowa) hit a three as time expired.

The Mustangs shot 41% (25-61) from the field and hit a season-high 16 of 40 (40%) from beyond the arc. At the line, the Mustangs converted 12 of 14 (85.7%) free throws. The Mustangs pulled down 33 total rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds. Individually, McKinney led all scorers with 28 points after a 5-for-10 night from downtown and 9-for-15 night from the field. Others in double digits for the Mustangs included Watson with 14 hitting 4-for-6 three pointers and RoyShawn Webb (JR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) added 10. On the boards, Watson led with seven rebounds including three offensive. Bailey Basala (JR/Moline, Ill.) dished out five of the Mustangs' 19 assists. McKinney gave out four. DJ Johnson (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and McKinney each recorded three steals. McKinney tallied two blocks on the night.

Up next, the Mustangs will travel to play the Vikings of Missouri Valley College on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 P.M. in Marshall, Mo.