CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Second-seeded Mount Mercy shook off a slow start and routed seventh-seeded AIB, 96-53, in the quarterfinals of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Hennessey Recreation Center.
Nearly eight minutes into the contest, the 10th-ranked Mustangs had scored only 11 points and trailed by three. A 15-0 run quickly changed that as Mount Mercy cruised to a 43-28 halftime lead. The Mustangs shot 58.3 percent from the floor after the break to clinch their second straight quarterfinal win.
Senior guard Lamar Wall scored half of his team-high 18 points at the free throw line. Senior forward Chad Underwood added 17 points and four blocked shots, senior forward Alex Coleman 11 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Bobby Sherwood had nine points and eight assists, junior forward LaDon Singleton nine points and 10 boards.
Brandon Eley poured in a game-high 24 points for the Eagles (1-30). Matej Culjak and Jevaughn Threatt-Ray chipped in six points apiece. Culjak also tallied nine rebounds and Tre Brown dished out four assists.
Mount Mercy (26-4) hosts sixth-seeded St. Ambrose (10-19) in a Friday semifinal at 7:00 p.m. at Hennessey Rec Center. The Bees upset third-seeded Clarke, 83-81, tonight in Dubuque. Fifth-seeded Grand View (12-14) knocked off fourth-seeded Viterbo (Wis.), 76-72, in overtime and will face top-seeded William Penn (28-1) on Friday in Oskaloosa.