Small College Sports

Coe men's basketball winning games in a variety of ways

This time it was the inside game as Kohawks top Luther, 81-75

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Coe men’s basketball team is beginning to string a few wins together.

More importantly, they are finding varied paths to victory.

Four days after setting a school record for 3-point baskets, the Kohawks earned a rugged 81-75 victory over Luther in an American Rivers Conference game on Wednesday night at Kohawk Arena.

“That is what I like,” seventh-year Coach Coach Bryan Martin said. “We’ve been shooting the heck out of it (35 3-pointers in the previous two games) and to Luther’s credit, they really made it difficult for us to get good-rhythm looks and we missed some open ones, too, which is going to happen. … We found other ways to attack them.”

Coe (8-5, 2-2) used a variety of players to get the ball close to the basket for high-percentage shot attempts and free-throw opportunities. Luther was whistled for 27 fouls and in 35 free-throw attempts, the Kohawks made 27 of them.

“Luther is one of the most underrated teams in the country,” Martin said. “They make it very difficult for you to do what you want to do, and sometimes you’ve just got to scratch and claw and find a way and I’m proud of our guys for doing that.”

Coe never trailed after a layup from former Mount Vernon prep Tommy Hook gave the Kohawks a 37-36 lead just 35 seconds into the second half. Time after time, Luther got within a point or two and Coe always seemed to get a basket or a defensive stop when it needed one.

“We just tried to stay composed when they made runs,” said Coe senior forward Nolan Timp, who posted a team-high 21 points. “We really emphasized that before the game, because we knew they would. It is a conference game. All the games are like this. All the games are going to be close.”

Coe junior forward Austin Roth sparked a 7-0 surge with a defensive rebound and basket that gave the Kohawks some breathing room at 69-60 with 2:47 to go.

Hook and Cedar Rapids Xavier graduate Calvin Winker each finished with 13 points, while junior Josh Schmitt added 11.

New Hampton native Jared Nicolaison led Luther (6-5, 0-3) with 21 points and eight rebounds.

AT KOHAWK ARENA

Coe 81, Luther 75

LUTHER (75): Jared Nicolaisen 6-13 9-10 21, Gage Thompson 2-4 1-2 6, Jadyn Torres 0-4 0-0 0, James Kappus 4-10 2-4 12, Rahul Bagga 1-4 2-2 4, Anthony Westhusing 4-5 4-5 14, Spencer Sturges 2-5 00 4, Ray Whitlock 2-4 1-2 5, Aaron Blumberg 2-4 0-0 4, Garrian Wade 2-8 0-0 5, Totals 25-61 19-25 75.

COE (81): Calvin Winker 5-13 2-6 13, Josh Schmitt 3-8 4-4 11, Tommy Hook 3-4 7-8 13, Nolan Timp 7-10 6-7 21, Adam McDermott 1-2 5-6 7, Zach Niemeyer 0-2 0-0 0, Zach Schlabaugh 0-0 0-0 0, Ivan Morrow 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Robertson 2-4 1-1 5, Jarad Kruse 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Grenier 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Eilers 0-1 0-0 0, TJ Kaufmann 1-1 0-0 3, Austin Roth 3-6 2-3 8, Ray Thrapp 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 25-53 27-35 81.

Halftime — Coe, 35-34. Three-point goals — Luther 6-26 (Westhusing 2-3, Kappus 2-7, Thompson 1-3, Wade 1-5, Blumberg 0-1, Bagga 0-2, Torres 0-2, Nicolaisen 0-3); Coe 4-20 (Kaufmann 1-1, Timp 1-2, Winker 1-2, Schmitt 1-5, Eilers 0-1, Grenier 0-1, Hook 0-1, McDermott 0-1, Robertson 0-1, Thrapp 0-1, Niemeyer 0-2, Roth 0-2). Rebounds — Luther 33 (Nicolaisen 8), Coe 38 (Winker 9). Assists — Luther 11 (Bagga 2, Sturges 2), Coe 9 (Schmitt 3). Turnovers — Luther 9, Coe 11. Total fouls — Luther 27, Coe 19. Fouled out — Nicolaisen, Torres. A — 250.

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