BELLEVUE, Neb. -- The 12th-ranked Bellevue University men's basketball team defeated No. 16 College of the Ozarks 92-82 in Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday night at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.
Bellevue won its fourth-straight game and improved to 17-4 overall and 4-1 in the MCAC while College of the Ozarks fell to 14-6 and 2-3 in conference action.
Given Kalipinde chipped in four points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and four steals.
With the first half tied at 19-19, the Bruins outscored the Bobcats 33-18 over the final 12 minutes to open a 15-point lead at halftime, 52-37. Ames and Hammock combined for six 3-pointers to pace the offense that shot 62.5 percent in the opening period.
COFO used a 14-6 spurt to pull within one, 63-62, at the 12:39 mark in the second half, but that's the closest the Bobcats got as BU finished the remaining of the game on a 29-20 run to win, 92-82.
Nathane Simniok scored a career-high 38 points and pulled down eight rebounds to pace the Bobcats.
The Bruins will travel to Lawrence, Kan. on Friday, Jan. 31 for a conference game at Haskell Indian Nations University (6-13, 2-3 MCAC). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Tony Coffin Sports Complex.
COFO: Simniok, 38; Daniels, 13; Santiago, 13; Leonard, 8; Paschke, 4; Reid, 3; Murray, 2; Selby, 1.
BU: Ames, 22; Young, 19; Hammock, 17; Worthen-Harris, 11; Dotson, 9; Strong, 6; Sanders, 4; Kalipinde, 4.