The C of O Bobcats faced Haskell University on Saturday evening, posting an early lead and never looking back. The Cats outscored the Indians by as many as 18 points midway into the second half before securing the win with a final score of 69-52.
While Cameron Paschke once more led the team in scoring with 16 points, Kiefer Starbird made news by recording a career-high 21 rebounds alongside 10 points on the way to his seventh double-double of the season. Canyon Smith and Ryan Burland each added 10 points, while Ethan Davidson, DeMon Hyler, and Ryan Burland each contributed 5 rebounds.
Although the Cats shot only 31.3% from the field, Haskell did not shoot much better, hitting 32.8% of their field goals. Key differences featured three-point shooting and defense, as College of the Ozarks hit 6 treys versus Haskell’s 3 and outrebounded the Indians 52-41. In addition, the Cats shot 79.3% from the charity stripe, draining 23-of-29, while Haskell went 7-for-11.
The Bobcats’ overall record is 17-7, and they are 8-0 in the A.I.I. conference. They will face Central Christian on Saturday in the Cats’ last home game of the regular season, with the game time beginning at 5 PM.