College of the Ozarks men’s basketball traveled to Bellevue, Nebraska to play Nebraska Christian College on Tuesday and came away with a victory over the Sentinels, 97-72.
The first half opened with both C of O and NCC swapping hay-makers from three-point range. The Sentinels shot 7 of 15 (46.7%) from downtown and 13-23 from the field (56.5%) for the first half. Any typical night this would probably be tops; however, the Bobcats shot 8 of 12 (66.7%) from behind-the-arc and a scalding 21-30 (70%) from the field. C of O complemented the hot shooting with only four turnovers to take a 54-38 halftime lead.
The Bobcats continued their outstanding shooting from the field in the second half, connecting on 15-28 (53.6%), but it was the Bobcat defense that really put the game away. Coach Steve Shepherd said, “Both teams came out shooting the basketball really well, but the key was our second-half defense.” C of O won the battle of the boards 28-23 and forced 17 Sentinel turnovers, including Treydon Rackley and Heath Carmichael with two steals and Brandt Cochran with three.
Brandt Cochran led the Bobcats in scoring with 30 points. Heath Carmichael scored 19 points, Treydon Rackley added 14, and Ben Cody chipped in 11. Klay Barton came off the bench to contribute 15 points.
College of the Ozarks returns home for the final game of the regular season on Saturday at 3:00 PM against Lincoln Christian University. Seniors Ethan Davidson, Heath Carmichael, Ben Cody, and Jake Sowell will be recognized.