|Graceland University 18-9, 15-8 Heart||25||52||77|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa) 17-9, 16-7 Heart||32||47||79|
|Feb. 15, 2017|
|Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Graceland University||Indv. Leaders||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
|#24 Jeremy Deemer - 22||Points||#05 CJ Parker - 22|
|#22 Dylan Martin - 9||Rebounds||#20 Sheawn Bedford, Jr. - 7|
|2 Players (#2,#3) - 3||Assists||2 Players (#04,#05) - 6|
|Graceland University||Team Statistics||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
|47.1% (32 - 68)||Field Goals %||40.7% (22 - 54)|
|31% (9 - 29)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (14 - 35)|
|36.4% (4 - 11)||Free Throws||80.8% (21 - 26)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||6|
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Graceland University received 36 points from the bench, but came up short, falling 79-77 on the road to Mount Mercy University.
The team's exchanged baskets back and forth to start the first half. Mount Mercy (17-9, 16-7 Heart) took a four-point lead five minutes into play, but Graceland (18-8, 15-8 Heart) tied the contest at 13-all midway through. Again momentum swung away from the Jackets, as the Mustangs carried a seven-point advantage at the break (32-25).
After halftime, the Yellowjackets used a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to one just three minutes into the half. Graceland continued to battle as Jordan Dembley's field goal would tie the contest (43-43) with 13:48 to play. Just over halfway through the period, GU led at 56-49 – their largest margin of the half. Mount Mercy didn't back down bringing the score within one, just 2:20 remained.
The team's then exchanged baskets on their next possessions, before MMU's CJ Parker sank a triple with 34 seconds to go, giving them a three-point edge. LT Davis recorded a field goal to slash the margin back to one. Graceland was forced to foul and Mount Mercy went 4-for-4 from the foul line over the final second. MMU took the game 79-77.
"We played well in spurts tonight," said head coach Craig Doty following the game. "We had some guys like Reggie, Jeremy, and Dylan who really stepped up. We are one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country and we only made four out of 11 free throw attempts tonight. That just isn't going to get it done against a big time conference opponent."
Graceland University knocked down 32-of- 68 to shoot 47 percent, but were limited to just 31 percent (9 - 29) from beyond the arc. Mount Mercy University counted 22-of-54 (41 percent) from the floor and shot close to 40 percent from downtown. The Yellowjackets received 36 points off the bench, while the Mustangs sank 21-of-26 from the charity line. GU struggled making just 4-of-11 from the foul line.
Three players scored in double-figures for the Jackets, with Jeremy Deemer leading the way with 22 points and RJ Williams came off the bench to contribute 19 points. Dylan Martin rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points. He just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds.
CJ Parker led four Mustangs in double-digit scoring with 22 points on the night. Sheawn Bedford, Jr. pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Parker and Chris Ford dished out six assists each.
Men's basketball is at home on Saturday, when the Yellowjackets host No. 2 William Penn University at 4 p.m.
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