Kohawks cruise to fifth-straight win
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe used an 18-3 run midway through the second half, as they cruised to a 90-75 win over Simpson in Iowa Conference play at Eby Fieldhouse. The Kohawks held a double-digit lead for the final 13:59 of the game.
Simpson held its only lead of the game at 5-2 on a 3-pointer by Elijah Knox with 17:06 to play in the first half, but sophomore Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) let that lead stand for only :18, as he hit his first 3-pointer of the game to tie it with 16:48 left in the half. The trey by Wirth was the start of a 13-0 Kohawk run over the next 2:36. Freshman JT Vonderhaar (Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption) hit a jumper in the lane with 6:12 left in the opening half, giving Coe a 35-20 lead before Zach Barragan ignited a 9-0 run by the Storm in the next 1:34. Barragan scored seven of the nine points in the run.
A free throw by Cornelius Mosby with 18:27 to play cut Coe's lead to 48-41, but it was all Kohawks from that point on. Senior Kevin Gaster (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson) hit back-to-back baskets, starting a 9-0 Coe run to take a 16 point lead with 15:45 to play. Drew Bentley then hit three-straight treys for the Storm, as the lead was cut to nine with 14:21 to play.
Junior David Mataloni (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) hit a jumper with 13:59 to play, sparking Coe's 18-3 run to put the game away. A free throw by junior Nathan Joens(Swisher, Iowa/Xavier) gave Coe an 84-56 lead with 6:16 to play, its largest lead of the game. Following the free throw, Simpson went on a 19-6 run to close the game, including scoring the final 11 points. Coe was held without a field goal in the final 4:09 of the game.
Mataloni led six Kohawks in double figures with 18 points. Wirth tied a career-high with 17 points, while junior Garrett Cross (Spring Grove, Minn./Spring Grove) added 13 points. Junior Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) had 12 points, while Joens and senior Jake Raney (Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna) added 10 points apiece. It was a career-high for Joens.
Light led the Kohawks with seven rebounds, while Gaster added six to become the 39th player in school history with 300 career rebounds. Wirth had a game-high four assists, with Mataloni and sophomore Max Stanford (Superior, Colo./Monarch) added three. It was a career-high for Stanford. Mataloni had a game-high five steals, with Cross adding two. Barragan led the Storm with a game-high 20 points.
The Kohawks shot 61.5 percent (32-of-52), while connecting on 13-of-22 (59.1%) from downtown. It was Coe's fourth game this season with double-digit 3-pointers, while they have made 27 in the past two games. The Kohawks held a 34-12 advantage in the paint.
Coe will host Wartburg on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse. The Knights are 7-6 on the year and 1-3 in the Iowa Conference. The Knights lost 76-69 on Wednesday to Central.