Evangel Men Drop Home Opener to College of the Ozarks, 78-72

Evangel Men Drop Home Opener to College of the Ozarks, 78-72

The Basics
Score: Evangel 72, College of the Ozarks 78
Records: Evangel (1-2); College of the Ozarks (2-2)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center
Box Score

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Back and forth, two rivals went with nine lead changes and eight ties, before College of the Ozarks managed to hold off the Evangel men's basketball, 78-72, Tuesday night in the first meeting of the Rib Crib Highway 65 Shootout.

The Crusaders and Bobcats went tied into halftime 36-36 before starting the second half with an 8-2 run. Evangel battled back after a pair of free throws from Autry Acord with 13:01 cut the CofO lead to one.

Tory Stamps would follow with a runner at the 12:30 mark to give Evangel a brief 51-50 lead. However, the Bobcats would answer back with an 11-0 run over the next five minutes before Clark Brewington stopped the run.

Brewington finished with nine points, nine boards and five assists as Evangel struggled from distance going 9 of 26 beyond the three-point line. However, the Crusaders were unable to match the Bobcats at the free throw line shooting just 9 of 12, while CofO went 18 of 22 from the stripe.

Five Crusaders finished in double figures, led by Stamps with 11. Cade Coffman, Luke Call, and Jaylen Jones all added 10 points each, while Call added five boards and Jones four assists.

Ethan Davidson and Brandt Cochran led all scorers with 20 points as Davidson finished with a double-double adding 10 boards.

The two teams will meet again Tuesday, December 4, in Point Lookout, Missouri.

Evangel continues non-conference action at home on Saturday against Missouri Baptist. Tipoff from the Ashcroft Center is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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