College of the Ozarks Bobcats posted their first win of the season on Monday evening, as they defeated the Tabor College Bluejays by a score of 94-80.
Prior to announcing the starting lineups, the Bobcats recognized senior Ethan Davidson by presenting him with a plaque to commemorate his 1000th career point scored in a game against Mid-America Christian late last season. Davidson and Shepherd then quickly returned to the business at hand.
The Bobcats shot lights out in the first half, sinking an impressive 22 of 32 field goals (68.8%), including 10 three-pointers, to take a commanding 64-32 lead into the locker room at the half. The Bluejays were held to 32.3% shooting, hitting only 3 of their 14 trey attempts.
The second half saw the Bobcats falter in their three point shooting, as they made just one of 11 attempts, although their field goal shooting for the half was a respectable 42.9%. Tabor, however, improved their shooting by hitting 14 of 31 field goals (45.2%).
Senior Ethan Davidson led all scorers with 29 points, adding a team-leading 8 rebounds, and tacking on 5 assists and 2 blocks. Sophomore Treydon Rackley put up 18 points, draining 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, and blocking 2 shots. Junior Brandt Cochran scored 11 points and handed off 5 assists. Newcomer Klay Barton contributed 13 points, and sophomore Calvin Allen led the Cats with 6 assists.
The Cats and Bluejays were closely matched in rebounding, and both posted double-digit turnovers that impacted the flow of their game.
The Bobcats will be back on their home court this weekend, as they play Randall University on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., following the homecoming parade.
Monday’s win improves the Bobcats’ record to 1-1 on the season.