Irving, Texas-Austin College overcame a 46-38 halftime deficit to hand the Eagles a 89-84 setback Friday night in the University of Dallas Classic.
The Eagles (1-1) started the game slow, but eventually took a lead late in the first half thanks to a 9-0 spurt starting at the 4:20 mark. Ricky Allen highlighted the run behind a three-pointer with 3:09 remaining in the half. Ozarks shot well in the first half hitting 19-of-30 (63%) from the floor, with Josh Berard sparking the Eagles off the bench with 12 points. Berard made all five of his field goal attempts in six minutes of play. However, the second half belonged to Austin College (2-0) as it outscored the Eagles 51-38 to complete a comeback victory. With Ozarks leading 54-42 with 16:58 left in the game, Austin College went on a 10-0 run to climb within 54-52. The Kangaroos then tied the game, 59-59, at the 13:28 mark. From there, Austin College built an 11-point lead over the next six minutes to gain control of the game. Ozarks hit 40 percent of its shots from the field in the second half, while Austin College made 47 percent, including 62 percent from the three-point line. Austin College also aided itself from the free throw line hitting 14-of-15 (93%) in the second half.
Allen led the Eagles with 22 points and was one of four players in double figures. Berard finished with 14 points, and Andrew Cummings and Kelby Robinson scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Ozarks will host Hendrix College November 26 at 7:30 pm. Live video will be available at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/university-of-the-ozarks-athletics