Men’s basketball outlasted in overtime by Coe

by Brock Borgeson

INDIANOLA, Iowa – Simpson College men’s basketball had a chance to win the game at the buzzer as Coe College stayed alive long enough to take down the Storm, 81-74 in overtime.

“What they do well is shoot 3-pointers and we took that away in the second half,” head coach Charles Zanders said. “Yet we still gave up layups.”

The Kohawks outscored Simpson, 11-4 in the overtime period as Matt Doust scored 29 points on 13-19 shooting for Coe.

Simpson (6-18, 1-12) had all five starters score in double-figures for the first time this season. Ryan Skaar lead the way, scoring a career-high 20 points in the losing effort.

Coe (14-9, 8-4) held the 39-33 lead at the half but would take the lead on an Austin Turner 3-pointer that followed a powerful breakaway dunk by DJ Dafney.

The Storm would expand their lead to seven at the 12:22 mark in the second half, although it was eventually overtaken on a Christian Fahey jumper at 8:55.

From there a see-saw battle ensued although with 1:42 remaining, and Simpson in front 70-65, the Kohawks scored the final five points to tie it up and force overtime.

Simpson would steal the ball from Coe with two seconds remaining setting up a final opportunity for Simpson.

The drawn up play ended with the ball in Skaar’s hands looking, although a contested 12-foot jumper from the baseline sailed over the rim as time expired.

“It [Skaar’s shot] was best available shot and the play had a lot of options,” Zanders said. “It was the safest probably. He’s been known to hit that in practice and I would have been good with any attempt, I just wanted to get it up. I don’t fault him on that.”

The Storm died out in overtime though, going 1-5 from the field as Coe stole their second game from the Storm on the season.

Simpson scored just eight points off the bench, as Leif Olson and Turner both scored 11 points and Charles Swain and Dafney put up 12.

Turner also assisted on five and Olson reeled in eight rebounds although Simpson was heavily outrebounded, 47-26.

Next up is Loras College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 as Simpson has senior night in Cowles Fieldhouse.