DUBUQUE, Iowa - Loras College hit a 3-pointer with :01.7 to play in regulation, but Coe College outscored the Duhawks 9-7 in overtime for a 67-65 victory. The game was the first road league contest for the Kohawks.
Loras jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:04 of the game. Coe started a 13-5 run in big fashion, as junior Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) stole the ball and a threw a no-look, behind-the-back pass to senior Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle), who threw down a dunk to start the run over the next 6:52. A 3-pointer by Nathaniel Smith gave the Duhawks a 25-24 lead with 4:22 to play in the opening half, but the Kohawks had one more run left in them in the half. A layup by sophomore JT Vonderhaar (Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption) started a 12-3 run to end the half for Coe, as the Kohawks took a 36-28 lead into the locker room.
Vonderhaar hit a jumper :26 into the second half, as Coe took the only double-digit lead of the game. Loras answered the Kohawk run with an 11-4 run in the next 5:52, cutting the lead to four with 12:33 to play. Neither team would lead by more than five for the remainder of the game. Light gave the Kohawks a 56-51 lead with 3:17 to play, but it would be Coe's final field goal of regulation. A layup from Alex Cline with 1:14 to play and a layup from Nathaniel Smith with :15 left cut Coe's lead to one. Senior Garrett Cross (Spring Grove, Minn./Spring Grove) knocked down a pair of free throws with :10 to play before Alex Cline hit a long-distance 3-pointer with :01.7 to play, sending the game to overtime.
Coe opened the overtime period on a 7-2 run, as they lead 65-60 with 1:56 to play. Aaron Schueller hit a 3-pointer with :47 to play, as the Duhawks cut the lead to 67-65 for the final points of the game.
Mataloni and Light led the Kohawks with a game-high 15 points. Mataloni passed Jeff Hrubes for ninth place on Coe's career scoring list with 1,154. Vonderhaar added 13 points, while sophomore Max Schmarzo (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) added nine off the bench. Light had a game-high nine rebounds, while Wirth and senior Nathan Joens (Swisher, Iowa/Xavier) added five boards apiece. Wirth had four assists, while Joens and Cross had two. Wirth also had a career-high five steals.
The Kohawks return to action on Wednesday, as they travel to Wartburg. The Knights are 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the Iowa Conference after a 69-54 victory at Simpson on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Waverly.