By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
CEDAR RAPIDS ? The Iowa Wesleyan men hung relatively close to a high-powered Coe College team on Wednesday night, but the Tigers eventually ran out of steam in a 99-66 loss.
The Kohawks led by single digits in the second half but a huge run in the final period led to a 33-point loss for IW.
IW started out hot from the field, thanks to a couple of returning stars from last season. Brock Butler and Elijah Johnson both hit three-pointers in the first two minutes and a Butler layup in the third minute gave the Tigers an 8-5 lead.
Coe took their first lead, 10-8, on a layup with 16:30 left in the half. The Tigers eventually took the lead back after two Avree Clark three-pointers helped tie it at 18-18 and a layup from Butler gave the Tigers a 20-18 with 10:52 on the clock.
After a Kohawk three-pointer gave Coe the lead, Butler took it back for IW with a three of his own. The Tigers led 23-21 with nine minutes left in the game, but the Kohawks went on a 26-12 run to win the half 47-35.
Coe hit a three-pointer to begin the second half and stretch the lead to 15 points. Back-to-back three-pointers from Jake Neubauer and Austin Banks cut the lead to 50-41, but that was the last time IW would be within single-digits.
Coe?s offense exploded for 52 points in the second half, going 19-32 from the field and 8-14 from the three-point land as the Kohawks eventually stretched the lead to over 30 points.
Butler led the way for the Tigers in the loss, going 9-16 from the field and 3-5 from three-point land to finish with 26 points. He also led the team with seven assists.
Johnson also hit three shots from down town and scored 11 points in the loss to give IW two double-digit scorers. Clark finished with nine points on 3-7 from three-point land to lead the bench.
Neabauer was 3-6 from the field and 1-1 from three-point land for seven points. He also led the team with five rebounds. Austin Rebel had six points. Banks scored five points in the loss and Jarryd Fernandes finished with two.
The IW men fell to 0-1 to begin the season. They will play at the Buzz Levick Classic in Waverly on Friday Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18. Their first game in the tournament will be on Friday at 6 p.m., against Aurora University.