LA CROSSE,Wis. -- Seniors Lamar Wall, Rashad Carrington and Chad Underwood combined for 44 points as the 10th-ranked Mustangs ended the regular season with a 69-63 victory at Viterbo (Wis.) in Midwest Collegiate Conference men's basketball on Saturday at R.W. Beggs Senior Gymnasium.
Neither team managed a double-digit lead, but Mount Mercy used a 9-0 run to take its largest lead, 58-49, with a little over seven minutes to play in the contest. The V-Hawks got as close as two, 65-63, with 15 seconds to go before four straight free throws by junior guard Bobby Sherwood and Wall sealed the win.
Wall finished with 17 points and a pair of steals. Carrington added 14 points and team-high three steals, while Underwood went over the 1,700-point mark for his career during a 13-point, nine rebounds effort. Sherwood scored nine points and handed out six assists, senior forward Alex Coleman also collected nine boards for the Mustangs.
Izac Sheforgen had a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals for the V-Hawks. Jasper Duberry chipped in 13 points and three assists, Cole Lewis 11 points and six boards. Alex Koeller contributed 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The MCC Tournament opens on Wednesday with three games at 7:00 p.m. Seventh-seeded AIB visits Hennessey Recreation Center to face second-seeded Mount Mercy, sixth-seeded St. Ambrose goes to third-seeded Clarke and fifth-seeded Grand View heads to fourth-seeded Viterbo.
The regular season champion and top-ranked team in the nation, William Penn, has a bye in the quarterfinals and will host the Grand View/Viterbo winner in a Friday semifinal. The two other winners also square off on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The MCC championship game is slated for Sunday, Feb. 24, at 6:00 p.m. The highest remaining seed hosts the title contest, with the winner claiming the league's automatic berth in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship March 6-12 in Point Lookout, Mo.