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Coe men's basketball snaps 5-game losing skid in upset of Buena Vista

Men's basketball: Coe (7-12, 3-7 IIAC) closes first half with 17-0 burst

Coe's Trevor Haaland (2) looks before making a three-pointer during an a men's basketball game earlier this season at Kohawk Arena at Coe College in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Coe's Trevor Haaland (2) looks before making a three-pointer during an a men's basketball game earlier this season at Kohawk Arena at Coe College in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Coe men’s basketball coach Bryan Martin believed the two practices before Wednesday night were the best all season.

Whatever the drills were, they yielded a much-needed victory for the Kohawks.

Four players scored in double digits as the Kohawks upset Buena Vista, 78-65, in an Iowa Conference game at Kohawk Arena.

“Guys are competing hard, they’re holding each other accountable,” Martin said. “It’s that peer pressure in practice that’s been created and it just translated tonight. BV is a great team, they’re in the hunt for a conference championship. We knew we had to play well and I’m just happy to get it.”

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Coe (7-12, 3-7 IIAC). Junior guard Trevor Haaland led the Kohawks with 12 points and seven assists.

“We just trusted each other all week in practice,” Haaland said. “We’ve been working hard and we’ve been working together.”

Coe had led at halftime in 13 of 19 games this season, but produced just seven wins. With the score tied at 19-19 with 6:46 until halftime, the Kohawks closed the half with 17 points in a row.

Coe led by as many as 24 points, but a 15-4 Buena Vista burst cut the advantage to 66-56 with 4:25 to go.

This time, the Kohawks did not wilt.

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“We knew they were going to do that,” Haaland said. “It was more just weathering the storm. They’re going to throw a punch, we’re going to throw a punch back.”

Former Monticello prep Spencer Williams scored 10 points and collected a game-high 12 rebounds.

“It was all about getting the ball in and out and really taking advantage on the boards,” Williams said.

Mount Vernon graduate Tommy Hook scored 11 points, while junior forward Nolan Timp added 10 as Coe made 61 percent of its shots.

Senior guard David Jeffries led Buena Vista (14-5, 7-3) with 15 points.

Coe will attempt to continue the climb up the conference standings with road games at Loras and Nebraska Wesleyan beginning Saturday. Only six of nine teams qualify for the conference tournament.

“We’re capable of doing a lot of things,” Haaland said. “I don’t think there’s really a limit for this team.”

AT KOHAWK ARENA

Coe 78, Buena Vista 65

BUENA VISTA (65): Thomas Wisecup 3-10 1-1 9, David Jeffries 6-16 1-2 15, Canyon Hopkins 4-10 0-0 8, Connor Winkelman 1-5 0-0 2, Timothy Jeffries 0-3 2-2 2, Adam Juhl 2-4 0-2 5, Grant Wright 2-3 0-0 4, Billy Sparks 4-7 3-4 13, Matt Goodman 3-6 1-3 7, Brady Dicks 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 25-64 8-14 65.

COE (78): Nolan Timp 5-6 0-0 10, TJ Kaufmann 2-5 0-0 6, Spencer Williams 5-6 0-0 10, Trevor Haaland 4-9 1-1 12, Tommy Hook 3-8 4-6 11, Calvin Winker 3-4 3-5 9, Josh Schmitt 0-1 1-2 1, Zach Schlabaugh 2-3 1-3 5, Matt Meyer 3-4 0-0 8, Michael Packard 3-3 0-0 6, Totals 30-49 10-17 78.

Buena Vista 19 46—65

Coe 36 42—78

Halftime — Coe, 36-19. Three-point goals — Buena Vista 7-21 (Sparks 2-4, D. Jeffries 2-5, Wisecup 2-7, Juhl 1-2, Wright 0-1, Winkelman 0-2), Coe 8-17 (Haaland 3-5, Meyer 2-3, Kaufmann 2-5, Hook 1-2, Schmitt 0-1, Timp 0-1). Rebounds — Buena Vista 31 (D. Jeffries 7), Coe 33 (Williams 12). Assists — Buena Vista 10 (Sparks 3), Coe 17 (Haaland 7). Turnovers — Buena Vista 8, Coe 12. Total fouls — Buena Vista 18, Coe 12. Fouled out — D. Jeffries. A – 583.

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