College of the Ozarks cut a second half deficit of 16 points to four but could not hold off the #8 ranked Cornerstone University Golden Eagles on Friday night falling, 86-74.
Cornerstone senior guard Cory Cox made it difficult for the Bobcats' defense, nailing 9 three-pointers in scoring a game-high 33 points, while Golden Eagles All-American Kyle Steigenga added 15 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. For the Bobcats, who trailed 48-37 at halftime, it was a mixture of missed opportunities that kept them from completing a second half rally that included a pair of major contributions off of the bench. Sophomore forward Ryan Burland and freshman guard DeMon Hyler came off the bench to lead C of O with a duo of great efforts. Burland finished with a team-high 17 points, and Hyler, who hit 3 three-pointers, finished with 16 points. Senior guard Cameron Paschke tallied 16 points and a team-high 3 assists, while senior Kiefer Starbird completed a solid effort by scoring 11. Starbird and Burland both finished with a team-high 6 rebounds for C of O.
C of O will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as the Ness Brothers Hall of Fame Tournament resumes on the campus of Huntington University. The Bobcats, now 4-2 on the season, will face Great Lakes Christian College with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.