CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe College couldn't capitalize on an early 9-0 run against Buena Vista, as the Beavers beat the Kohawks 70-64. The loss dropped Coe to 3-4 at the halfway point of league play.
The league's leading scorer, Wes Nordquist, scored the first points of the game for the Beavers, but Coe responded with a 9-0 run in the next 1:58, taking a 9-2 lead with 16:45 to play in the half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nick Clark quickly cut into the Kohawk lead. Coe held an 11-8 lead before the Beavers went on a 7-0 run, taking a 15-11 lead with 10:44 to play in the first half. The Beavers would hold the lead for the remainder of the game. Buena Vista held a 34-27 lead with 2:16 to play in the first half, but Coe scored the final four points of the frame, as the Beavers led 34-31 at the break.
Buena Vista scored the first four points of the second half, but a 3-pointer by junior Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) and a layup from senior Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) cut the lead to 38-36 with 16:40 to play. The Beavers had an answer once again, going on a 10-3 run in the next 2:51, as they took a 48-39 lead, their largest of the game, with 13:39 to play.
Coe responded quickly with seven-straight points, cutting the lead lead to 48-46 with 12:05 to play. Less than :30 later, Cole Darrow drilled a 3-pointer to put the Beavers back up by five. A jumper from senior David Mataloni (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) with 3:14 to play and another jumper from sophomore Max Schmarzo (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) with 2:18 remaining made it a 59-58 Beaver lead. Once again, the Beavers used the long ball, this time from Alex Savage, with 1:57 to play to take a 62-58 lead. The Beavers scored eight points, including six at the free throw line, in a :29 span late in the game before a 3-pointer with :03 to play from Mataloni, as the Beavers won at Eby Fieldhouse for the third-straight time.
Light finished with a game-high 15 points, while Wirth and Mataloni joined him in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively. Mataloni became the eighth player in school history to surpass 1,200 career points. Mataloni also moved into fifth on Coe's all-time 3-pointers list, passing Brad Axdahl with 161. Darrow led three Beavers in double figures with 15 points.
Light also led the Kohawks on the glass, finishing with eight rebounds. Senior Nathan Joens (Swisher, Iowa/Xavier) and Mataloni added five rebounds apiece. Mataloni had a game-high six assists, while Wirth had four. Wirth also stole four passes, while Light had two swipes.
The Beavers shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the floor, while Coe was 23-of-58 (39.7%). Buena Vista connected on 7-of-20 (35%) from 3-point range, while Coe was 4-of-18 (22.2%). Coe held a 17-7 advantage in points off turnovers, while the Beaver bench outscored Coe's 28-19.
Coe returns to action on Saturday, as they host Simpson. The Kohawks downed the Storm on Monday 79-65 in Indianola. Coe closed the first half of the Iowa Conference schedule with a 3-4 record in fifth place, while the Storm are 2-5 in the league, sitting in seventh place. Simpson closed the first half of the league slate with a 75-70 victory over Central. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse. A link for live video and live stats can be found at CoeAthletics.com.