CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cornell College appeared to hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer, but after officials reversed their call, Coe College was able to hold on for a 75-74 win over the Rams.
Thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Max Schmarzo (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Coe opened the game with a 10-4 lead just under three minutes into the game. Coe led by six with 15:27 to play in the first half when Reggie Greenwood connected on one of his five 3-point baskets for the Rams, as Cornell answered with a 12-3 run of its own to take an 18-15 lead with 11:18 remaining in the half. Both teams exchanged the lead throughout the rest of the half before Greenwood hit another trey at the first half buzzer, tying the game at 39-39.
Coe started hot once again in the second half, as they opened on a 9-2 run. With Coe leading 48-41 with 16:18 to play, the Rams once again had an answer. Four-straight points from Nick Bobb started an 18-4 run for Cornell, as they took a 59-52 lead with 9:41 to play. Cornell led 66-60 with 6:53 to play on a jumper by Tabari Carter, but Coe had its biggest run of the night looming. A jumper by freshman Matt Vonderhaar (Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption) started a 13-3 run over the next 4:05, as Coe took a 73-69 lead with 1:24 to play on a three-pointer by senior Andrew Wirth (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls).
Bobb hit a layup with 1:01 to play, cutting the lead to two. With :27 remaining, Carter hit a layup on a fast break, as well as a free throw, to give the Rams a 74-73 lead. Coe missed its first shot on the next possession, but sophomore Christian Fahey (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) grabbed the rebound and put the ball in the basket with :12 to play. Cornell was able to get the ball inside with :03 left, but Greenwood stepped out of bounds to turn the ball over. Coe missed two free throws before the late game drama started. Cornell appeared to hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer, which the officials counted. After a discussion between all three officials, the basket was waved off, leaving Coe with a 75-74 win over the Rams.
The victory was the sixth-straight over Cornell, while Coe also took a 5-3 lead in the Bremner Cup All-Sports Standings between the two schools. Coe improved to 1-0, while the Rams dropped to 1-1.
Schmarzo led the Kohawks with 18 points and seven rebounds. Junior JT Vonderhaar (Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption) added 14 points and six rebounds, while Wirth was also in double figures with 13 points and four assist. Fahey added seven rebounds, while tying his career-high with eight points.
Junior Matt Daoust (Minnestrista, Minn./Mount Westonka) had a career-high nine points. Junior Sam Stix (Lake St. Louis, Mo./Wentzville Holt) had a career-high in points and rebounds off the bench with seven and six. Sophomore Jacob Timm (Mount Vernon, Iowa/Mount Vernon) had a career-high three assist.
The Kohawks return to action on Friday, as they host second-ranked Illinois Wesleyan. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse. A link for live video and stats can be found on CoeAthletics.com.