College of the Ozarks traveled to Lawrence, Kansas and used some sharp shooting to defeat Haskell on Wednesday night, 84-67.
After some back-and-forth three-point exchanges, the Bobcats used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take a 26-16 lead. Brandt Cochran capitalized in transition for a three-point make, to push the lead even further. The three-pointer was one of Cochran’s three makes from distance for the half. In all, Cochran would hit 4 of 5 on the evening from downtown and tally a game high 25 points.
After a timeout, Haskell would counter with a run of their own and pull within one point following a three-point basket by Xavier Littlehead. Bobcat freshman Andrew Mitchell would answer right back with a three-pointer, one of his two makes on two attempts, to push the lead back to four. Treydon Rackley would add a nifty layup, part of his 10 points, to extend the Bobcat lead to six. However, Haskell would be able to cut the lead back to just one going into halftime, 36-35.
For the half, the Bobcats shot 14 of 30 (46.7%) from the field, including 5 of 8 (62.5%) from behind-the-arc. Defensively, the Bobcats successfully challenged Haskell’s three-point shooters, holding them to just 5 of 18 (27.8%) for the half.
The second half opened much like the first, back-and-forth lead changes, however this time it was within the paint that each team did their damage. Bobcat freshman Ayden Stone used a bevy of post moves, including a baby hook shot mid-way through the half, to accumulate 23 points on 11 for 19 shooting. With the make, the Bobcat lead was extended to five, 64-59. A few positions later, Stone would score on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to 71-62. The Bobcats never looked back, closing the game on a 8-2 run to win by 17 points.
For the second half, the Bobcats focused the ball into the paint via the drive and post, and shot 19 for 36 (52.8%) from the field. Furthermore, the Bobcat defense stepped up to stifle the Haskell offense. Haskell managed just 12 for 36 (33.3%) from the field and shot an abysmal 5 for 21 (23.8%) from the outside. College of the Ozarks committed just seven turnovers, while forcing 15 Haskell miscues.
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With the win, College of the Ozarks improves to 4-4 on the season. The Bobcats return to action Saturday, November 23rd at home against Welch College (Tenn.) at 1 PM.