CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe shot 68 percent in the first half, as they cruised to a 66-44 win over Linn County rival Cornell Wednesday night at Eby Fieldhouse. The win improved the Kohawks to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in league play.
The Kohawks jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first 2:27, with sophomore Seth Light
(Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) tallying six points in the stretch. Cornell used a layup from Alex Miller to cut the lead to eight with 16:15 left in the first half, but a jumper by junior Kevin Gaster
(Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson) sparked a 17-4 run over the next 5:56.
Cornell cut the lead to 19 twice for the rest of the half, but Coe would increase its lead to 26 two more times in the first half. The Kohawks took a 46-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, as they hit 6-of-12 3-point attempts, while holding the Rams to 0-of-8 shooting from downtown in the opening frame.
Coe upped its lead to 27 with 16:44 to play, but Cornell made one final run to get back in the game. Over the next 4:05, Cornell outscored Coe 11-2 to cut the lead to 52-34 with 11:27 to play.
Light then scored four points, and senior Alex Tatman
(Humboldt, Iowa/Humboldt) dropped in a trey, as Coe went on a 7-0 run to put the lead back in the 20's for good. Coe held the Rams scoreless in the final 3:03 of the game.
The Kohawks were led by Light with 16 points and five rebounds, as he made his first start of the season. Light's 16 points tied his career-high from earlier this season. Tatman and sophomore David Mataloni
(Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) joined Light in double figures with 11 and 10 points apiece.
Tatman had a game-high six rebounds. Senior Dan Onorato
(Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) had a career-high five assists, while Gaster and freshman Andrew Wirth
(Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) had three apiece.
As a team, the Kohawks won the specialty categories. Coe outscored Cornell 13-6 on second chance points and 21-9 off the bench.
The Kohawks return to action on Saturday, as they travel to Simpson. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Indianola.