Loras stops Kohawks late comeback bid
Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 9, 2011
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Loras jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first 3:11, but it was their defense late in the game that held off a Kohawk rally. The Duhawks handed Coe its first road loss in league playing, coming away with a 70-68 victory.
The Duhawks increased their lead to 15 twice in the first half, but Coe used two 3-point baskets from freshman Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) in the final 2:58 of the opening half to close the half on an 8-3 run. The run cut the Duhawk lead to 35-27 at halftime.
A layup by sophomore David Mataloni (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) and free throw from senior Alex Tatman (Humboldt, Iowa/Humboldt) with 18:44 to play cut Loras' lead to seven, but the Duhawks fought right back. Loras used a 10-0 run over the next 3:13 to take its largest lead of the game at 47-30 with 15:08 to play.
Coe trailed 61-46 with 6:50 to play when junior Kevin Gaster (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson) hit a 3-point basket to spark a 15-4 Kohawk run over the next 2:39. With :50 to play, Jordan Harrelson hit a free throw for Loras to go back up seven, but Coe gor right back in it with a pair of free throws from Mataloni with :45 remaining.
Connor Mooney went to the line for Loras with :36 to go, but missed both free throw attempts. Sophomore Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) grabbed the rebound before dishing the ball to Mataloni, whom found Tatman open for a 3-point basket with :29 to play, cutting the Loras lead to two. With :15 to play, Travis Guy missed two free throws for Loras, as Tatman grabbed the rebound. A 3-point shot to win it with :04 left by Wirth rimmed out, as the Kohawks fell for the first time on the road in league play.
Tatman and Mataloni led the Kohawks with 18 points apiece. Tatman added four rebounds, while Mataloni had three assists and three steals. Wirth added nine points and four assists, while Gaster and senior Dan Borngraeber (Brookfield, Wis./East) had eight and seven points respectively. Borngraeber had five rebounds, while Light had a game-high seven boards.
With three 3-pointers in the game, Tatman became the 10th player in school history to record 100 treys. Along with Borngraeber, Tatman grabbed his 300th career rebound in the game.
As a team, the Kohawks were outscored on points off turnovers (17-7) and second chance points (12-2). Both teams shot over 52 percent from 3-point range, as Coe hit 10 and Loras hit seven.
Coe will return to action on Saturday, as they host Buena Vista. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse.