Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles fell to 3-4 on the season after dropping a 79-66 decision to the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (2-8) on December 31 in non-conference action in Russellville.
Ozarks dug itself into a hole to begin the game when Tech jumped out to a 12-0 lead after 12:27 of play. The Eagles would score their first points on a David Hamilton jumper at the 11:58 mark. Tech built a 39-20 lead at halftime while out rebounding the Eagles 26-12 in the first 20 minutes of action. Ozarks began second half play by outscoring the Wonder Boys 16-7 and cut the lead to 46-36 with 14:51 remaining. The Wonder Boys, however, eventually increased their lead to 65-48 at the 6:30 mark. Ozarks then made a quick spurt after Josh Joyner scored on a layup and Caleb Hilton nailed a three-pointer. Joyner would score again to cut the deficit to 65-55, but that would be as close as the Eagles would get. Joyner led the squad with 12 points. Mike Taylor had 11 points and a team-best 7 rebounds. Ozarks travels to Alpine, Texas, to face Sul Ross State on January 3 and to Brownwood, Texas, on January 5 to face Howard Payne University.