LAMONI, Iowa -- A hot start can be the difference in a game, and that was certainly the case on Tuesday night. Graceland shot nearly 64 percent from the floor while scoring 57 first-half points in a 95-73 victory over the Mount Mercy men's basketball team.
The Yellow Jackets (3-1) cooled off in the second period, but it didn't matter. The Mustangs (1-5) were an icy 28.9 percent for the game, while Graceland ended up at 54.4 percent from the field. Mount Mercy has now lost five straight since a season-opening, 80-64 win over the Yellow Jackets in Cedar Rapids.
Senior guard Tajric Boggs scored 16 points and junior forward Kevin Price-Majors chipped in 12 to lead the Mustangs. Junior forward Kemp McCray snared a team-high nine rebounds, Price-Majors grabbed eight. Junior guard John Johnson had four assists.
Five Yellow Jackets hit double figures. Austin Danner, Jamal Lawson and Austin Lilley scored 16 points apiece, Trey Sathoff tallied 12 and Max Francisco 10. Sathoff and Francisco each hauled down nine rebounds and Lawson dished eight assists.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Mustangs. They face Wisconsin-Stout on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the first round of the Buzz Levick Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Wartburg in Waverly. The consolation game will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m., with the championship tilt schedule at 4:00 p.m.