CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe College trailed for most of the first 10 minutes of the game, but led the final 13 minutes by double-digits, as they beat Dubuque 70-58 in a key Iowa Conference game Saturday. The win was the 100th of Head Coach Pat Juckem's career.
The Kohawks took a 2-0 lead just :20 into the game on a putback by senior Kevin Gaster (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson), but the Spartans responded with a 10-2 run over the next 3:26. Miles Hookstead hit a jumper with 10:06 remaining in the first half to give the Spartans a 14-13 lead, but that would be the final time Dubuque would be in front on the day. Junior Nathan Joens (Swisher, Iowa/Xavier) hit a jumper in the paint to spark a 9-2 Coe run over the next 1:43 to take the lead for good. Dubuque cut the lead to five with 2:58 to play in the first half, but Coe responded with seven-straight points to put the lead in double-digits for the first time.
With 14:40 to play in the game, Jordan Townsend hit a jumper to cut Coe's lead to 47-40. Just :22 later, junior David Mataloni (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) hit a jumper in the lane, as Coe went on a 9-2 run to put the lead in double-figures for the remainder of the game. In the final 11:20 of the game, Dubuque cut the lead to 11 twice, but Coe responded each time with a 6-0 and 8-0 runs to open it back up. The Kohawks led 70-51, the largest lead of the game, with 3:46 to play before the Spartans scored the final seven points.
Junior Seth Light (Carlisle, Iowa/Carlisle) led four Kohawks in double-figures with a game-high 19 points. Gaster added 15 points, while Mataloni had 14. Joens had a career-high 11 points, all in the first half, on three 3-pointers. Chris Frazier and David Kushnir led the Spartans with 16 and 10 points respectively.
Joens also had a career-high eight rebounds while Light added seven. Mataloni grabbed six boards and five assists, while sophomore Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) dished out four assists. Light blocked two shots, while Mataloni had two steals.
With the win, Coe moved into a tie with Dubuque for second in the Iowa Conference standings, one game behind league-leading Luther. The Kohawks return to action on Wednesday, as they travel to Simpson. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Indianola against the Storm. The game will be broadcast live by KCRG 9.2 in Eastern Iowa and also streamed on their website at www.KCRG.com