College of the Ozarks Bobcats stretched their winning streak to eight games and maintained their perfect record at home on Saturday afternoon, as they defeated Northern New Mexico College by a score of 106-100.
It was a fast-paced first half filled with plenty of action, as the two teams put up a combined total of 72 shots, including 25 three-pointers. NNMC connected on 59% of their field goals, and 41.7% of their three-pointers. CofO shot an impressive 66.7% from the field, hitting 61.5% of their three-point shots. The score was tied 12 times, and the lead changed 15 times, before the Bobcats headed into half-time with a one-point advantage, 55-54. Junior Brandt Cochran was 7-10 in the first half, including three treys, to tally 17 points. Ethan Davidson scored 13, Heath Carmichael had 11, and Treydon Rackley posted 10. Makye Richard of the Eagles led his team with 15 points.
In the second half, while the Eagles preyed on Cochran, Davidson stepped up to score 22 points for the Bobcats, taking his scoring total on the afternoon to a game-leading 35 points. Davidson also led his team in rebounds (6) and blocks (2). Sophomore Storm Price proved key for the Cats in the half, scoring 14 points, nine of which came on 11 free throws. Cochran picked up seven second-half points to bring his total on the day to 24, and Rackley and Carmichael also finished the day with 14 and 11 points respectively. The Eagles fought hard but were unable to capture the lead in the second half.
Northern New Mexico out-rebounded the Cats 32-28, with Richard and Bryce Simmons collecting eight apiece. Richard scored another 15 points in the second half to close out the game with 30 points. The Eagles had three players in double figures—Richard (30), Naquwan Solomon and Bryce Simmons (16 each), and Tyrique Weaver (14).
The Bobcats shot 64.4% from the field and 52.4% from the three. They also shot 86.4% from the charity stripe. This is the fifth time this season the Cats have scored 100-plus points, compared to four games total last season.
College of the Ozarks will take a much-needed break to focus on closing out their semester well in the classroom. They will return to action on December 28th to face Waldorf College in the Bellevue University Classic in Nebraska. The Bobcats will then return home to play on January 3rd versus Central Christian College of the Bible at 7 p.m. in the McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic.