College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s basketball travelled to St. Thomas to play two games each, in as many days, against the University of the Virgin Islands. After a tough day one loss, the Bobcats were able to get some revenge against UVI winning on Wednesday, 73-62.
To begin the game, both UVI and C of O struggled from the field. The teams shot just 28% and 34.8% from the field for the first half respectively. The Bobcats adjusted by making a concerted effort to drive the ball to the rim. As a result, C of O shot 15 first half free throws, connecting on 14 of those attempts. At the break, C of O led 32-26.
In the second half, the Bobcat offense got going. C of O spread the ball around, with four players scoring in double-digits. Brandt Cochran and Ayden Stone led the way with 14 points each. Cochran added a team high four assists and Stone grabbed a team high seven rebounds.
The Bobcats continued to attack the rim in the second half. Klay Barton and Treydon Rackley scored 12 points each driving hard to the hole and converting free throws. Rackley led the team going 8 for 8 from the charity stripe and Barton went 6 for 7. Andrew Mitchell and Trent McBride narrowly missed double-digits, scoring nine points each.
Defensively the Bobcats did a great job challenging shooters, holding UVI to 31% shooting in the second half. For the game, UVI shot just 16 for 54 (29.6%).
Conversely, Bobcat shooting was much improved in the second half, as they shot 14 for 26 (53.8%). For the game, the Bobcats shot 22 for 49 (44.9%). Additionally, C of O finished the defensive possessions by outrebounding the Buccaneers 40-32. In all, C of O completed the win, 73-62.
With the win, C of O improved to a 9-8 overall record. The Bobcats return to action on January 17th at the MLK Classic in Lincoln, Illinois against Lincoln Christian University at 8 PM.