College of the Ozarks Bobcats played host to the CofO Classic this weekend, featuring Haskell Indian Nations University (Kan.), Ecclesia College (Ark.), and Crowley’s Ridge College (Ark.).
On Friday, the Bobcats picked up a big win in their opening game over the Crowley’s Ridge Pioneers, 100-63.
The Pioneers put up the first two points of the game, but the Bobcats responded with a 15-3 run that included treys by Heath Carmichael, Klay Barton, and Brandt Cochran. The run gave the Cats a 10-point lead early in the first half, which they would not relinquish. The Bobcats continued to have a hot hand throughout the half, netting 18-36 from the field, including seven triples. The Pioneers hit 12-of-34 field goals and just 1 of 7 three pointers to shoot .353. The Bobcats headed to the locker room at the half with a 47-26 advantage on 12 points by Ethan Davidson, 11 by Carmichael, 8 by Barton, and 7 apiece from Cochran and Storm Price.
The second half saw the Bobcats continue to dominate offensively, as they increased their lead to as many as 39 points. Heath Carmichael poured in 14 points, Barton added 10, and Rackley tallied 9 in the half.
In a game fraught with turnovers—22 by Crowley’s Ridge and 14 by CofO—the Bobcats managed to come out a great deal ahead, scoring 22 points off the Pioneer’s miscues, while CRC was only able to score six. Rebounding matched up fairly evenly, with the Pioneers holding a 44-42 edge. The Bobcats nabbed 16 steals on the night, with six attributed to Rackley, versus 8 by CRC.
The Bobcats were led by Carmichael with 25 points. He was joined in double digit scoring by Davidson and Barton with 18 each, Cochran with 15, and Rackley with 11. Davidson led all rebounders with 7, Storm Price handed out a game-leading 7 assists, and Rackley’s six steals led all players. Overall, the Bobcats shot 51.3% from the field, 39.5% from beyond the arc. Uncharacteristically, the Cats hit only 7-14 (50%) from the free-throw line. CRC posted a field goal percentage of 29.7%, going 17.6% in three-pointers and 60% at the line.
Friday’s win takes the Bobcats’ season record to 14-6. They will take the court again on Saturday, facing Ecclesia College at 7 p.m.