CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe College used an early 12-0 run against Carthage Friday night, as they came away with a 70-63 victory over the Red Men. The victory was the home opener for the Kohawks and new coach Bryan Martin.
Carthage's Mitch Thompson scored :10 into the game, but the Kohawks answered with a 7-0 run in the next 1:16 to take a 7-2 lead. Tyler Pierce hit a jumper in the paint with 15:43 to play in the first half, as the Red Men went on an 8-2 run in 2:56, taking a 10-9 lead. It would be the last lead of the game for Carthage, as Coe put together a 12-0 run in the next 2:49. Senior David Mataloni (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) scored on a fast break with 2:23 to play in the opening half, giving Coe a 31-19 lead, but it would be Coe's last field goal of the half, as Coe held a 32-26 lead at the break.
Senior Nathan Joens (Swisher, Iowa/Xavier) hit a trey :12 into the second half, as Coe opened the final frame on an 8-2 run. Carthage cut the lead to six with 14:21 to play, thanks to four points from Donte Logan, but Coe had another run in them, as they went on a 6-0 run to put the lead back to 12 with 12:48 to play. Reese Herth hit a 3-pointer with 11:24 to play, sparking a 9-2 Red Men run in the next 2:56, cutting Coe's lead to 51-46 with 8:28 to play.
Pierce hit a jumper with 4:42 to play, as Coe's lead was cut to two. The Kohawks responded with a 7-0 run, taking a 67-58 lead with 1:39 to play. A 3-pointer by Logan with :21 to play cut the lead to five, but Mataloni hit a pair of free throws with :13 to play to seal the victory.
Mataloni led three Kohawks in double figures with 17 points. Senior Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) added 12, while junior Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) scored 10. Junior Max Stanford (Superior, Colo./Monarch) scored a career-high nine points off the bench. Herth led four Red Men in double figures with 14 points.
Sophomore Tyler Dawson (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) led the Kohawks with a game-high 10 rebounds, which was also a career-high for Dawson. Light and Mataloni each added seven boards. Wirth had a game-high seven assists, while Light blocked three shots. Joens had two steals.
The Kohawks return to action on Monday, as they travel to Fulton, Mo. to take on Westminster. The Blue Jays are 6-2 on the year. While live stats and video are not available, you can follow the action on Coe Athletic's twitter feed at Twitter.com/CoeAthletics or @CoeAthletics. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.