The Bobcats lost their bid to continue to the next round in the A.I.I. tournament, falling to Indiana University Northwest, 90-87, in a tough-fought battle on Friday evening.
The teams were evenly matched in the first half, heading into the locker room knotted up at 42 points apiece. IUN came back in the second half with a hot hand and took a 12 point lead by the 14 minute mark. But, little by little the Cats narrowed the lead, managing to take a four-point advantage with 7:20 remaining. The Cats and RedHawks battled back and forth and were tied for the 12th time at the 1:40 mark, but IUN scored to take a one-point lead with 1:20 remaining and was able to hold on for the three-point win.
Both IUN and CofO had five players score in double digits. Bobcats’ sophomore Ethan Davidson (Hollister) led the team with 21 points, and he, Kiefer Starbird, and Ryan Burland led the Cats with 6 rebounds each. Cameron Paschke put up 20 points, Burland had 12, and Starbird and Canyon Smith each posted 10.
The A.I.I. Conference tournament continues on Saturday with the Lady Bobcats taking on Rochester College at 1 PM followed by games at 3, 5 & 7 PM. The championship games will be hed on Sunday--2 PM for the women and 4 PM for the men.