Small College Sports

Coe men's basketball drills school-record 19 3-pointers in rout of rival Cornell

11 different players make a 3 in 94-69 win

MOUNT VERNON — With many students on winter break, there was no toilet paper toss.

Cornell students have long celebrated the first Rams basket of the Coe-Cornell men’s basketball game by filling the playing floor with toilet paper streamers.

In its absence, the Kohawks filled the basket with 3-pointers.

Coe shattered a school record with 19 3-point baskets and routed rival Cornell, 94-69, in a non-conference game on Saturday at Small Multi-Sport Center.

“I just thought we were really prepared,” seventh-year Coe Coach Bryan Martin said. “Cornell is very sound on defense. They had a good game plan to really try to take away our interior game. Our guys are doing a great job right now of just taking what comes to them.”

The long-distance shooting explosion — Coe shot 59 percent from behind the 3-point line and 11 different players made a 3-point basket — arrived in the Kohawks’ first game since a nationally-televised game on Dec. 20 at Creighton. In that 110-60 loss, the Kohawks set an arena record for a Bluejays opponent with 16 3-point baskets, a number that would have also topped the Coe record book if not for it being an exhibition for Coe.

“It was just a great opportunity,” Coe junior guard Adam McDermott of the Creighton game. “We just came in there, tried to give it our all. I think we played pretty well as a team, stuck together. … It was just a really cool experience.”

McDermott — a Cedar Rapids Xavier graduate who started his collegiate career at North Dakota, then Northern Iowa — scored 14 points against Cornell, which included four 3-point baskets. Former Mount Vernon prep Tommy Hook also scored 14 points.

“We were just unselfish with the ball, really moved it around,” McDermott said. “Guys were just knocking down shots tonight. Guys have been getting in the gym, getting extra shots up and it’s been paying off.”

Coe (7-5) has been boosted by the return of senior Calvin Winker, who missed the first eight games of the season after a two-month recovery from two torn ligaments and a fracture in his left ankle. Winker chipped in 12 points and corralled a game-high 13 rebounds with four assists.

“Inside-out game,” said Winker, a four-year teammate of McDermott at Xavier. “We passed the ball very well. Our assists are crazy as a team. We love sharing the ball. … Any time we shoot them, we just have the confidence it is going in.”

Senior Nolan Timp also scored in double figures (10) for Coe, which returns to American Rivers Conference action Wednesday against Luther.

West Branch alumnus Cooper Kabela led all scorers with 22 points for Cornell (2-9), which hosts Knox in Midwest Conference action on Wednesday.

Men’s basketball

AT SMALL MULTI-SPORT CENTER

Coe 94, Cornell 69

COE (94): Calvin Winker 4-5 3-4 12, Nolan Timp 5-7 0-0 10, Josh Schmitt 1-5 0-0 3, Tommy Hook 5-10 1-2 14, Adam McDermott 5-7 0-0 14, Zach Niemeyer 2-3 1-2 6, Zach Schlabaugh 1-2 0-0 2, Ivan Morrow 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Robertson 2-3 0-0 6, Jarad Kruse 2-2 2-2 7, Jared Sapp 0-1 0-0 0, Austyn Ellison 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Grenier 1-2 0-0 3, Jake Eilers 0-2 0-0 0, T.J. Kaufmann 2-3 0-0 6, Eric Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Roth 3-6 0-0 8, Ray Thrapp 1-1 0-0 3, Totals 34-59 7-10 94.

CORNELL (69): Michael Drew 1-3 0-0 3, Cooper Kabela 9-15 4-7 22, T.J. Connaker 3-8 2-2 8, Cam Sturtevant 0-3 0-0 0, Jordan Magnani 1-6 1-3 4, Craig Engle 2-5 0-0 6, Marcus Quirk 4-5 1-2 9, Cody Carter 0-0 2-2 2, Angelo Martucci 1-6 4-4 6, Keegan Van Kooten 0-0 0-0 0, Clayton Leipold 1-2 0-0 3, Jan Siegien 2-3 0-0 6, Daniel Burford 0-2 0-3 0, Totals 24-58 14-23 69.

Halftime — Coe, 45-33. Three-point goals — Coe 19-32 (McDermott 4-5, Hook 3-5, Roth 2-2, Kaufmann 2-3, Robertson 2-3, Kruse 1-1, Thrapp 1-1, Winker 1-1, Grenier 1-2, Niemeyer 1-2, Schmitt 1-5, Eilers 0-2); Cornell 7-28 (Siegien 2-3, Engle 2-5, Drew 1-2, Leipold 1-2, Magnani 1-5, Kabela 0-1, Martucci 0-1, Burford 0-2, Sturtevant 0-2, Connaker 0-5). Rebounds — Coe 39 (Winker 13); Cornell 28 (Drew 4, Magnani 4, Martucci 4). Assists — Coe 21 (Roth 4, Winker 4); Cornell 16 (Connaker 5). Total fouls — Coe 20, Cornell 14. Fouled out — None.

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