College of the Ozarks Bobcats jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over Northern New Mexico College on Friday afternoon and never looked back, defeating the Eagles, 91-68.
The Bobcats continue to be spot on with their shooting. The first half saw three Bobcats post double-digit scoring--Brandt Cochran with 18, Ethan Davidson with 16, and Heath Carmichael with 10. The Cats shot 53.3% from the field and 62.5% in three-pointers, while hitting 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. In the meantime, Northern New Mexico shot 31.4% from the field and only 18.8% from the three-point line. As a result, the Bobcats took a 47-26 lead into the break.
The second half was more closely played, as the Eagles upped their shooting percentages to 38.9% from the field and 22.2% from three-point land. However, the Bobcats did not let up, hitting 8 of 13 from beyond the 3-point arc and posting a field goal percentage of 52.9% on 34 shots.
Northern New Mexico was led by Naquwan Solomon with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and three steals. The Eagles out rebounded the Cats by a 44-40 margin.
College of the Ozarks was led by Cochran, a junior, who tallied 36 points on the day, going 13-20 from the field and 10-13 from three-point range. Close behind was Davidson, who hit 2-2 three pointers and went 13-17 from the field, for a total of 29 points. Carmichael tallied 21 points to complete the trio of double-figure scorers and led the Cats with 9 rebounds and three steals. Freshman Klay Barton provided some solid support, as he collected eight rebounds and dished a game-leading 8 assists.
The Bobcats, now 10-3 on the season, are a perfect 5-0 at home, riding a 7-game winning streak. They will hope to continue their winning ways, as they face Northern New Mexico College once again on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.