January 06, 2015

Bobcats Collect Two Victories in McDonald's CAM JAM Classic

BobcatsWIN vs. #18 Indiana University East (81-67) - The College of the Ozarks NAIA Division II #25 ranked Bobcats took the court Friday evening against the NAIA DII #18 Indiana University East Red Wolves in the McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic at Pt. Lookout, MO.  The Bobcats secured a victory, soundly defeating the Red Wolves by a score of 81-67.  The Bobcats shot 48% from the field in the first half, with seniors Derek Daniels and Alex Santiago each posting 10 points, giving the Bobcats a 39-31 advantage headed to the locker room.  The Red Wolves shot 34% from the field with Tyler Fangman leading their scoring at 9 points. During the course of the game, both teams turned the ball over 17 times, but the Bobcats held a 6 point advantage in point scoring off those same turnovers.  The Bobcats continued their strong scoring into the second half, finishing 31 of 63 from the field and 7 of 15 from the three-point line for a 49.2 field goal percentage, compared to IUE’s overall field goal percentage of 36%.   Leading the Bobcats were: Alex Santiago (20 pts, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Derek Daniels (17 pts., 5 reb.), Skyler Frazier (13 pts., 7 reb.), and Cameron Paschke (13 pts., 3 assists). 

WIN vs. Ecclesia College (91-64) - The College of the Ozarks Bobcats faced Ecclesia College in the final game of the McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic on Saturday evening, with the Bobcats gaining a 27-point victory, 91-64.  Although Ecclesia shot 48% in the first half (compared to the Bobcats at 37%), their 11 turnovers were costly, as College of the Ozarks headed into the locker room at the half with a six point lead, 35-29.  The Bobcats slowly but steadily built their lead throughout the second half to as many as 29 points. Sophomore Cameron Paschke (pictured) led the Bobcats with 23 points, going 9 of 16 from the floor and 3-4 at the free throw line.  Alex Santiago posted 22 points with 3 steals and 7 assists, while Derek Daniels picked up a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.  

The Bobcats’ record now stands at 11-3.  They will host an exhibition game Saturday, January 10th, at 2 PM versus College of Faith (with former Bobcat Daniel Bandy at the coaching helm) and then head into conference play at Haskell University on January 16th.