CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Dubuque used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead and pull away with a 71-66 win over Coe Saturday at Eby Fieldhouse. The Spartans needed a win to make the Iowa Conference Tournament, while Coe had already earned the second seed.
Neither team led by more than five in the first half, as the game was tied six times. Senior Alex Tatman
(Humboldt, Iowa/Humboldt) hit a 3-pointer with :40 left in the first half to tie the game for the final time of the opening frame, leaving the teams deadlocked at 31 after the first 20 minutes.
Lee Piccinelli converted a basket and free throw opportunity to open the second half, as the Spartans scored the first seven points in just 1:31. Coe fought back with a 10-0 run of its own over 6:20 to take a three-point lead on a 3-pointer by freshman Andrew Wirth
(Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) with 11:24 to play. Dubuque's Taylor Blum countered with a three on the opposite end just :25 later to tie the game for the eighth time.
Coe took a two-point lead on a jumper by sophomore Garrett Cross
(Spring Grove, Minn./Spring Grove), but Dubuque went on its 11-0 run over the next 3:20, with Blum scoring the last eight of the streak, to take the lead for good. The Kohawks were able to cut the lead to five six times in the final 3:24, but couldn't come any closer.
Sophomore David Mataloni
(Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) led Coe with 19 points off the bench, as all five of Coe's seniors started in the game. Mataloni also had five rebounds and two assists, while becoming the 61st player in school history to score 500 career points.
Tatman joined Mataloni in double-figures with 11 points, while adding six rebounds and two assists. Wirth added eight points and two assists, while senior Dan Borngraeber
(Brookfield, Wis./East) has six rebounds. Sophomore Nathan Joens
(Swisher, Iowa/Xavier) had a career-high two steals and tied a career-high with five rebounds. With one block on the day, sophomore Seth Light
(Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) moved to fourth on the single-season list with 30.
The Kohawks will return to action on Thursday, as they host the winner of the Central at Dubuque first round game in the Iowa Conference Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.