WAVERLY, Iowa - Coe jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:38 against Wartburg and never looked back in an 82-72 win over the Knights. The Kohawks won the season series over the Knights in their second win over Wartburg in a week.
With the Kohawks up nine, Wartburg went on a 7-0 run with 16:43 to play in the opening half to get back in the game. Coe quickly shut the door with a 17-2 run over the next 5:05 to take a 26-9 lead with 9:12 left in the first half. Senior Dan Borngraeber
(Brookfield, Wis./East) scored the final seven points of the stretch.
The Knights again answered with a 7-0 run, but just as quickly, Coe ended the final 5:31 of the half on an 18-6 run to take a 44-22 lead at the break.
With 14:06 to play, Coe went on a 7-2 run, increasing its lead to 22. While it looked like the Knights were out of the game, an 18-5 run over the next 5:30 made it a game again. Sophomore David Mataloni
(Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) answered with back-to-back 3-point baskets to put Coe back up 15 with 5:42 to play. The Knights would get the lead back to nine twice in the final five minutes, but couldn't get any closer.
Mataloni and Borngraeber led Coe with 20 and 19 points respectively. Sophomore Garrett Cross
(Spring Grove, Minn./Spring Grove) added 16 points, while senior Alex Tatman
(Humboldt, Iowa/Humboldt) and junior Jake Raney
(Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna) had seven apiece.
Sophomore Seth Light
(Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) had a team-high six rebounds, while Tatman and Borngraeber had five apiece. Tatman had a game-high three assists, while Borngraeber, Light and freshman Andrew Wirth
(Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) added two steals apiece.
As a team, the Kohawks hit 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from 3-point range, including three apiece for Mataloni and Cross. Coe also shot 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the free throw line, with Cross and Borngraeber being a combined 12-of-12.
With his seven points today, Tatman became the 21st player in school history to score over 900 points, while Light became the sixth player in school history with 40 blocks with one today.
Coe will have the week off before returning to action next Saturday. The Kohawks will host Central at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29.