The College of the Ozarks Bobcats soundly defeated the Haskell University Indians (Lawrence, Kan.) on Saturday evening by a score of 83-59 at the Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Mo.
Both teams got off to a slow start with the Bobcats shooting 38.7% from the field, while the Indians hit just 29.4%. As a result, the Bobcats were able to take a 6-point lead to the locker room at the half, 31-25, on Cameron Paschke’s 11 first-half points.
The second half was a different story for the Bobcats, as their shooting picked up and they steadily built their lead to 33 points (48-81) with just under 5 minutes to play. The Indians also improved their shooting percentage to 41.9% for the half, but losing two key players to fouls and hitting only 3-of-13 to the Bobcat’s 9-of-17 three-point shots in the period proved to be their undoing.
College of the Ozarks’ senior Ethan Murray and junior Cameron Paschke led the Bobcats with 23 and 22 points respectively, both picking up 3 treys apiece. Murray added six rebounds as Paschke dished 4 assists. Junior Joe Young picked up his fourth double-double of the season, posting 11 points and gathering 11 rebounds along with 2 steals. The Indians’ season-leading scorer, Duelle Gore, scored 20 points, and Everett Wilber posted 15. The Bobcats drained 12 three-pointers on the night to Haskell’s four and outrebounded the Indians 40-34.
The Bobcats, now 13-4 on the season, will head out of town for two games this week, the first at University of Saint Mary on January 19th, followed by Mount Mercy University on January 22nd. The Cats will return home to play Lyon College on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 PM.