STORM LAKE, Iowa - Buena Vista scored 23 points off 17 Kohawk turnovers, as the Beavers clinched a share of the Iowa Conference title with a 72-63 victory over the Kohawks. Coe finishes regular season 15-10, 8-6 IIAC.
The Beavers raced out to a 10-2 lead in the 3:12 of the game. A 3-pointer by senior David Mataloni (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) with 12:35 to play in the first half ignited a 10-2 Coe run over the next 2:14, as Coe tied the game on a jumper by freshman Christian Fahey (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) with 10:21 left in the opening half. Powered by back-to-back baskets by Wes Nordquist, Buena Vista scored eight-straight after Coe tied the game, taking a 24-16 lead with 5:36 to play in the half. The Kohawks cut the lead to two with 1:17 to play in the half off seven-straight points, but the Beavers hit a pair of baskets in the final minute to take a 32-26 lead at the break.
Coe came out firing in the second half, scoring the first seven points of the half to take a 33-32 lead with 18:48 to play. With the game tied, Buena Vista scored seven-straight points to take a 44-37 lead with 13:05 to play, as Coe would never lead again. Coe cut the Beaver lead to 59-53 with 5:54 to play, but couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
Sophomore JT Vonderhaar (Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption) led the Kohawks with a career-high 29 points. Mataloni joined Vonderhaar in double figures with 10 points, as he moved past Eric Johnson '92 for fifth on Coe's career scoring list with 1,285 points. Mataloni also passed Brian Brungard '08 for fourth with 170 career 3-pointers. Junior Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) added seven points, while senior Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) had six points. Nordquist led the Beavers with 26 points.
Vonderhaar also had a game-high eight rebounds, while Wirth, Mataloni and Light had five apiece. Wirth and Light also had two assists apiece. Light blocked a shot, as he joined Kyle Kuenstling '08 as the only players in school history with over 100 career blocked shots.
Coe was 24-of-50 (48%), while the Beavers were 27-of-57 (47.4%). Coe was 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the free throw line, while the Beavers were 13-of-25 (52%). The loss dropped Coe to 5-16 all-time in Storm Lake after having beat the Beavers the previous two trips to Siebens Fieldhouse.
With the loss, Coe finishes in a tie for fourth with Wartburg in the league standings. The Knights won the tiebreaker between the two schools and will host the Iowa Conference Tournament Quarterfinal on Tuesday. Tipoff between the Knights and Kohawks is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Waverly. A link for live video and live stats will be available on the front page of CoeAthletics.com.