College of the Ozarks basketball was on the road this weekend, as the Bobcats headed to Richmond, Indiana to face two opponents ranked in the Top 20 of NAIA DII.
The Bobcats were harda work, as they sought to take care of business in Indiana. On Friday evening they faced #20 Indiana University Southeast, and despite a four-point lead at the half, they fell in a nail-biter, 108-106.
The Cats had a hot hand in the first half, going 19-33 from the field (57.6%) and hauled down 20 rebounds to IUSE’s 11. Ethan Davidson recorded 23 points in the first half alone. After returning from the half, CofO’s shooting cooled off, and IUSE worked their way to a 13-point lead at the 12-minute mark, which they held on and off for the next six minutes. The Bobcats battled back, but were unable to recapture the lead, falling short by two points.
Senior Ethan Davidson led all scorers with 34 points, going 13-19 and hitting 8 of 9 free throws. He also posted a double-double on the night by pulling down 12 rebounds. Brandt Cochran scored 27, Heath Carmichael put up 19, and Treydon Rackley contributed 17. Cochran and Davidson each had 6 assists, and Rackley nabbed 4 steals.
The Bobcats matchup on Saturday featured #2 Indiana University East. The Bobcats bounced back from Friday’s tough loss to defeat IUE, 96-83.
The Bobcats trailed 46-44 headed into the locker room at the half. When they returned, however, the Cats tightened up their defense, holding IUE to 2-8 shooting from three-point range, and outscoring them.52-37
Once again, Ethan Davidson led the way for the Cats. He scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed 13 boards to post anther double-double. Davidson was a perfect 16-16 from the charity stripe and 11-16 from the field. Also scoring in double figures on the afternoon were Brandt Cochran (17 pts.), Heath Carmichael (13 pts.), Treydon Rackley (12 pts.), and Storm Price (11 pts.). Carmichael and Cochran dished five assits apiece, and Cochran added two steals.
The Cats shot an impressive 65% from the field and were a perfect 22-22 from the free-throw line. After turning the ball over 21 times on Friday, the Cats limited their turnovers to single digits with only eight on Saturday.
Head Coach Steve Shepherd noted, “I am very proud of our guys for going into a tough environment and coming away with a huge win on the road.”
The Bobcats (4-3) will have a short break in the action before heading back on the road to face a tough 4-0 DI Mid-America Christian (Okla.) team next Saturday.
Photo Compliments of Kyle Wright