The College of the Ozarks men's basketball team picked up their 9th consecutive win Saturday evening, as they defeated Grace University (Neb.) by a score of 96-77.
Grace and Ozarks headed into the locker room at the half knotted in a tie at 42. However, the Bobcats took control in the second half, as they posted 54 points on a field goal percentage of 63.3% to secure the game.
Once again, senior guard Ethan Murray led the Bobcats in scoring with 29 points, hitting 10-of-17 field goals with two treys and draining a perfect 7-for-7 at the free-throw line. Murray had plenty of help, with four of his teammates hitting double-figures: Joe Young (13 pts., 9 reb., 2 steals), Cameron Paschke (12 points, 9 assists), Canyon Smith (10 pts., 3 rebounds, two 3-pointers), and Skyler Frazier (10 pts., 7 reb.).
Grace was led by Galaf Toang with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and Hakeen Stewart, who posted 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.
The Bobcats entered Saturday's game ranked #12 in the NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll, and were 2nd in free throw percentage (.789), 11th in 3 point field goals made per game (10.556), and 11th in assists per game (18.22).
College of the Ozarks, now 9-1 on the season, will head to Springfield on Tuesday, December 8th, to face their Highway 65 rival Evangel University.