MOUNT VERNON — First-year Coe Coach Bryan Martin may be new to the Coe-Cornell rivalry, but he’s a quick study.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” Martin said after Coe sprinted past Cornell Rams Wednesday night, 66-52, at the Small Multi-Sports Center. “We got off to a good start, which was important, something we stressed all week.”
The good start was sparked by senior forward Seth Light, who scored six points to help put the Kohawks up 10-0 before Cornell fans could reach for their contribution to the traditional “toilet roll toss” in celebration of the Rams’ first basket against Coe (3-1).
“Me and a couple of the other guys were wanting to see how long we could make it before they threw that toilet paper,” said Light, who led all scorers with 20 points. “It’s something that we always like to do, a little extra motivation for us defensively.”
Once the tissue was cleared from the court and the resulting Coe technical free throws were made, the Rams clawed back with their perimeter shooting, tying the game at 20-20 on back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Anthony Blashewski.
Light closed the first half with a dunk and two free throws to give the Kohawks a 38-33 lead. Light added two more buckets to start the second half, extending the Coe lead to 42-33.
“I thought our veterans, our leaders, our seniors, really stepped up the first five minutes of the second half and that was pivotal for us,” Martin said.
Reggie Greenwood had 17 points for Cornell (1-2), but a seven-minute scoreless stretch allowed Coe to put the game away.