Point Lookout, MO - Winning the tip against Randall University, the Bobcats capitalized with two energy surging threes sandwiching a nice play in the paint by Matt Luebbert. Randall called an early timeout to try and break the Bobcat momentum. The strategy paid off for the Saints and they hit a three coming out of the huddle. Kyle Flavin hit his first of eight threes on the next possession however and the Bobcats were off to a good start. The Bobcats offset a Saints three with three buckets of their own to build a 17-9 lead, with 14 minutes left to play. The pace of the game continued from beyond the arc as the Saints cut the lead to 17-12. Tanner Rogers cut the momentum drawing a charge and Kyle Flavin followed with another trey. With 12 minutes left in the half, the Saints missed an opportunity from the charity stripe and Andrew Mitchell made them pay with a corner three – Bobcats up 23-12. Randall’s Niles Smith broke the Saint silence with a couple points from the free throw line, but Andrew Mitchell immediately answered from deep. Trailing by 12, the Saints kicked it out to Micah Moss who contributed another three and Mitchell responded again with yet another three. The Bobcats continued to hold the Saints at bay and led 29-19 with 6:21 to go. The Bobcats maintained control as the clock ran down. The Saints needed to regroup after a sixth three came from the hands of Flavin and a three by Niles Smith cut the Bobcat lead to 44-26 with 1:30 remaining. The Bobcats continued their defensive effort to finish out the half, and neither team would score, sending the Cats to the intermission leading by 18.
Tanner Rogers sent a strong message to the saints as he opened the scoring in the second half with a pair of threes. Kyle Flavin added a three and a traditional three-point play and the Bobcats had extended their lead to 55-26 by the 17:30 mark. The Bobcats continued their attack and would not look back. Kyle Flavin connected with Tanner Rogers for his fourth three of the game and the Saints were reeling. A Terry Gupton layup and two free throws by Josh Linehan pushed the score to 64-28. The Saints ended their drought with two from the charity stripe by Dejuan Sims, but the Bobcats kept the pressure on with another Gupton layup. With 12:30 left to play, Gupton connected with Garrett Simmerman down low, and the Bobcats forced a Saints timeout with a commanding 38-point lead. The Saints came out of the huddle determined, with Niles Smith and Jared Huff connecting from beyond the arc. The offense of the Bobcats continued to shine however, as Gupton tossed a one-handed kick out pass to Mitchell for yet another three. The Saints continued to try slow the Bobcats, but a change of possession allowed another Mitchell three, his fifth of the game, and the onslaught continued. Jumpers by Cainen Mar and Xavier Oduor found the basket with 4:23 left in the game and all the Saints could manage was a few more buckets down the stretch. The Bobcats finished the night with a 96-55 win as both the offense and the defense were on display.
The scoring effort was led by Kyle Flavin’s 31 points. Andrew Mitchell, Tanner Rogers, and Josh Linehan all contributed double digits with 15, 12, and 10 respectively and Cainen Mar added seven points. Matt Luebbert tacked on six, Garrett Simmerman chipped in five, Terry Gupton added four, and Devin Carroll, Xavier Oduor, and Gavin Davis all contributed two.
The Bobcats are back in action this weekend in the Baptist Bible College Classic with games on Friday at 1 PM and Saturday at 2 PM in Springfield.