DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Mount Mercy has been great at home this season, but on Wednesday, the eighth-ranked Mustangs took their show on the road and dominated St. Ambrose, 101-65, in a Midwest Collegiate Conference men's basketball game at Lee Lohman Arena.
Mount Mercy improved to 7-1 in league play and 22-3 overall, tied for the second-most wins in school history. The Mustangs went 22-11 in 1996-97 and 22-9 during 2009-10. The 1995-96 squad posted the best mark ever, going 29-6 on the way to an MCC title and NAIA national tournament berth.
The Mustangs came into Wednesday's contest in the top 10 in NAIA Division II in scoring margin, 3-point field goal percentage and total scoring offense. Their 36-point victory, 12-of-18 (66.7%) performance from beyond the arc and second-straight triple-digit point total did nothing to hurt those rankings.
Mount Mercy trailed, 15-9, with 13:34 to go in the first half before taking control of the game. The Mustangs led, 48-34, at the break and outscored the Bees (7-15, 2-6 MCC), 53-31, in the second period. They dominated nearly statistical category, including points in the paint (52-32), points off turnovers (20-8), second chance points (20-4) and fast break points (16-2).
Seniors Chad Underwood, Alex Coleman and Lamar Wall combined to shoot 25-of-35 (71.4%) from the floor as Mount Mercy finished at 64.1 percent for the game. Underwood poured in a game-high 25 points, Coleman added 20 and Wall 19. Coleman also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Bobby Sherwood had seven assists, senior guard Sid Beck eight points, six assists and four steals.
Nick Frazier scored 19 points, Josh Hutton 12 and Darren Galloway 11 for the Bees. Sam Ainsworth was their rebounding leader with five, while Justin Blondell dished out five assists.
Mount Mercy does not play this weekend, but is back at home on Wednesday when it hosts Clarke at 7:30 p.m. at Hennessey Recreation Center. The Mustangs got a 91-81 win over the Crusaders on Jan. 9 at Dubuque.