Clarksville, Ark.-Hardin-Simmons guard Matt Addison poured in 38 points in a 87-79 American Southwest Conference win Saturday against the University of the Ozarks.
Ozarks (2-5, 0-4 ASC) had trouble slowing down the ASC’s leading scorer all day as he hit five three-pointers and missed just one of his ten free throw attempts. Hardin-Simmons (5-0, 4-0 ASC) nailed six three-pointers in the first half on their way to a 43-31 lead at intermission. The Cowboys held a 18-12 lead at the 13:10 mark, but extended it to 25-12 four minutes later. Ozarks cut to eight points twice, but couldn’t get any closer. David Robertson carried Ozarks with 11 first half points.
Hardin-Simmons rode Addison’s 21 second half points, but had trouble putting Ozarks away. The Cowboys led 64-54 with 10:01 left in the game before the Eagles made a run to get within 68-66 with 6:08 remaining. Andrew Cummings, Jermery Victor and Marcus Bobb all made shots for Ozarks during that run. But it was Isaiah Boxell’s back-to-back three-pointers that made it 68-66. Addison answered with a pair of free throws, but Bryton Flint scored to pull Ozarks within two at the 4:30 mark. Addison then scored 14 points in the final four minutes to secure the game.
Robertson led Ozarks with 19 points. Bobb added 13 points and Flint finished with 12.
Ozarks will travel to Texas Lutheran and Schreiner University for American Southwest Conference games December 9 and December 10.