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Blistering Second Half Leads JBU Over Cats

Nov 17, 2019

Rackley preparing to pass the ball - bleachers with a few fans in background
Treydon Rackley (Photo compliments of JBU)

Brandt Cochran dribbling with a glimpse of a defender in the corner of the picture
Brandt Cochran (Photo compliments of JBU)

College of the Ozarks Bobcats were pitted against another tough competitor this weekend, as they faced NAIA DI John Brown University (Ark.).  The Golden Eagles entered the game with  a 5-0 record and improved to 6-0 with a 96-82 victory over the Cats.

 

The Bobcats battled tough in the first half, shooting 48.6% from the field, 50% from beyond the arc (9-18), and 71.4% at the charity stripe.  JBU matched the Cats in field goal shooting, with both teams sinking 17 of  35 from the field and 50 percent of their three- pointers (5-10).  Brandt Cochran led the Cats with 16 points in the half, to help the Bobcats take a 48-43 lead into the locker room.

 

The second half was a different story, however.  While the Cats shot 45.2% from the field, they hit only 4 of 13 from three-point territory and made just two of five free throws.  The Golden Eagles, on the other hand, came out from the break to shoot a blistering 60.6% from the field, hitting 6 of 8 three pointers and 7 of 9 at the charity stripe.  JBU’s hot shooting led to 53 second-half points, while the Bobcats were limited to just 34. 

 

For the game, the Eagles had six players with double-digit scoring and two pickws up double doubles with their rebounds.

 

The Bobcats were led by Brandt Cochran with 23 points, who went 9-19 from the floor.  He dished five assists and collected four rebounds.  Ayden Stone cleaned up the boards, grabbing a team-leading 12 rebounds.  Scoring in double figures were Treydon Rackley (16), Andrew Mitchell (14), and Klay Barton (11).  Trey Gibson swiped two steals.

 

With the loss, the Bobcats move to 3-4 on the season.  They will head to Haskell University (Kan.) for a game on Wednesday  evening and return home to face Welch College on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1:00 p.m.