Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles continue to remain in the thick of the playoff hunt with a 104-77 win over Louisiana College in American Southwest Conference action on Thursday night.
The Eagles (8-11, 5-3) moved up a spot in the East Division standings with a strong showing against the high-scoring Wildcats (9-11, 5-4). The Wildcats, who are winless on the road this season, held just one lead in the game, but did tie the score at 42-42 to end first half action. The Eagles then used a dominating second half performance to out score Louisiana College 62-35 and move ahead of the Wildcats in the standings. In the second half, Ozarks shot an impressive 60 percent from the field while hitting 4-of-9 three-pointers. The Eagles offensive explosive was ignited at the midway point of the second half after a Josh Joyner layup made the score 67-54 with 11:12 remaining in the game. Joyner’s shot helped Ozarks out score the Wildcats 13-7 in the next five minutes of action. Ozarks continued to score on nearly every possession and increased its lead to 80-61 with 6:27 remaining after Brent Johnson nailed one of his four three-pointers. Ozarks’ lead ballooned to 28 points on two occasions in the second half and never let the lead get less than 21 points in the last 4:52 of the game. The Eagles out rebounded the Wildcats 55-33 and held the visitors to 4-of-23 (17%) from the three-point line. All 14 players who played got in the scoring column for Ozarks. Johnson led the team with 18 points. Jacob Sibley and Josh Joyner each had 10 points. Joyner had 10 rebounds and came up two assists shy of recording a triple-double. The Lady Eagles and Eagles host Mississippi College on February 7.