November 17, 2015

Bobcats Pick Up Big OT Win Over JBU

Bobcat BasketballThe College of the Ozarks Bobcats pulled off another comeback victory Tuesday evening, as they defeated John Brown University (AR) in overtime, 88-87.


Despite John Brown University’s (JBU) 54% field goal and three-point shooting percentage, the Golden Eagles, who led a good portion of the game, were unable to put away the Bobcats.  JBU’s Griffin Brady  posted 26 points and Ricky Roberts added 10 in the first half alone to give JBU a four-point edge at the half, 46-42.


After being down as many as 11 points in the second half, the Bobcats chipped away at JBU’s lead to tie the game at 65 apiece at the 6:41 mark.  With 17 seconds left in the game and down 3, sophomore guard Canyon Smith hit a 3-pointer to tie the game, and JBU was unable to score on a last-shot attempt.


Overtime saw the score tied for the sixth time with 9 seconds remaining, and Kiefer Starbird hit his second of two free throws to tip the lead to the Bobcats.


The Golden Eagle’s Brady was slowed but not stopped in the second half, as he tallied 15 additional points for an amazing 41-point game—the fourth highest in JBU program’s history—combined with a game-leading 14-rebounds. C of O’s Ethan Murray found his groove in the second half, taking his point total to a team-leading 30 for the game, alongside 10 rebounds.  Joining Murray in double digits for the evening were Cameron Paschke (18 pts., 10 assists), Kiefer Starbird (15 pts, 4 reb.), and Skyler Frazier (11 pts, 8 reb.). 


While both teams had similar opportunities at the free-throw line, the Bobcats shot 92% from the line, and the Golden Eagles only 75%.  College of the Ozarks also picked up 10 second-chance points to JBU’s 2.


Tuesday night’s win, their fourth in a row, takes the Bobcats’ record to 4-1 overall. They will face Huntington University on Friday evening at home beginning at 7 PM.