C of O Takes Two From JBU

From C of O Sports Information

The College of the Ozarks Basketball Teams take two games from visiting John Brown University on Monday by scores of 66-57 in the Women’s Game and 104-85 in the Men’s Contest.

The Lady Cats started off the evening slowly, finding themselves with an 11-0 deficit, as they struggled to make a basket.  With 4:26 left to play in the first quarter, College of the Ozarks went on a 13-5 run, to trail by only three points at 16-13.

In the second quarter, the Lady Cats were dominant on defense, as they held JBU to a meager four points, while scoring 16 of their own. College of the Ozarks headed to the locker room at halftime with a 27-20 lead, having shot 26.3%.

The third quarter was back and forth for both teams, as they matched each other basket for basket. CofO pulled ahead in the quarter, outscoring JBU by three points, to improve their lead to 54-44.

JBU edged the Cats in scoring during the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points to the Lady Cats’ 12, as College of the Ozarks collected a 66-57 victory.

Leading the Lady Cats was Cass Johnson with 18 points. Kelsie Cleeton, who was one point shy of posting a double-double, finished with 9 points, and led the game with 13 rebounds, and 8 assists. Abby Oliver also had a solid game, scoring 10 points.

The Lady Eagles were led by Baily Cameron, who tallied 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Also making a significant contribution for JBU was Jordan Martin, who recorded 13 points.

Monday’s win places the Lady Bobcats’ record at 8-1 on the season. The Lady Cats will be on the road the rest of the semester, before returning home on January 15th.

The Men’s Team boosted their season record to 6-3 Monday evening with their 104-85 win.

The first half finished with the Bobcats in command, leading 55-35. The Cats shot 70% from the field, going 20-of-29 from the field. The Cats also shot 66% from the 3-point line, going 6-9, and were a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line. The Bobcats played stellar defense, holding the Golden Eagles to 2-of-12 from the 3-point line.

The Bobcats finished strong with six players racking up double digits. Brandt Cochran led the Bobcat scoring at the close of the game with 25 points. Close behind was Heath Carmichael and Ethan Davidson at 19 points apiece. Carmichael made 7 out of his 11 attempted field goals, including five treys, while Davidson dished out 7 assists. All three players completed the victory with 5 rebounds apiece. Rounding out the scoring for the Bobcats was Treydon Rackley (17), Klay Barton (14), and Storm Price (10).

The Bobcats will head back on the road this weekend to play against Fisk University at 7 p.m. on Friday and Welch College at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Cats return home on Tuesday, December 4th to compete in the Rib Crib Highway 65 Rivalry against the Evangel University Crusaders at 7 p.m.