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.