#4 Heath Carmichael
#20 Storm Price
The Bobcats picked up their twelfth win on the season Wednesday evening, defeating Crowley’s Ridge College in the final game of the McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic by a score of 104-72.
Despite opening up the game with two fouls, a turnover, and two missed shots, which put them at an 8-0 disadvantage, the Bobcats settled in to take a one-point lead a little over six minutes into the game. CofO extended their lead to as many as 11 points over the next six minutes, but Crowley’s Ridge battled back to tie the score at 39 with just under two minutes left in the half. A three-pointer by Heath Carmichael with 27 seconds remaining, followed shortly thereafter by a Carmichael steal and two-point basket, found the Bobcats leading by seven, 50-43, headed into halftime.
The Pioneers drew to within four points in the first two minutes of the second half, and again with 15:53 remaining, but the Bobcats went on a 31-6 run to take a 29-point lead with 7:16 to play. Both teams exchanged baskets for the next several minutes until the Cats’ Demon Hyler hit a three-point shot in the final minute of the game to secure a 32-point win.
Wednesday was the Bobcats’ third 100-point game of the season, and it resulted in five players posting double figures. Heath Carmichael led the way with 20 points, his first of the season, as he went 7-12 from the field, 5-9 from beyond the three-point line, and added six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Joining Carmichael in double-digit scoring were Canyon Smith (16), Hyler (13), Brandt Cochran (12), and Ethan Davidson (10). Davidson led the team in rebounds with 7, and Hyler dished a team-high 5 assists. The Bobcat bench added 40 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2 steals on the night.
The Bobcats shot 51.5% from the field and were 42.4% in three-point shooting. They also made 91% (20-22) of their free throws. The Pioneers shot 44% from the field and hit 36% of their three-point shots, while going 9-15 (60%) at the charity stripe.
College of the Ozarks, holding a 12-5 record, will travel to Northern New Mexico College for two games this weekend. They will return home for a bit of rest before hosting Johnson and Wales University-Denver for two games on January 12 and 13, both at 3 p.m. in the Keeter Athletic Complex.