Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles were handed a loss to a tough Mississippi College team in American Southwest Conference East Division play on Saturday afternoon in Clarksville.
Ozarks (8-12, 5-4) dropped a 80-65 decision to the Choctaws (14-7, 6-4) in a key East Division game. Ozarks held just one lead in the first half and faced a 34-26 deficit at halftime. Down 44-28 with 16:18 remaining in the game, the Eagles went on a 19-4 run over the next six minutes to cut the deficit to 48-47. However, Mississippi College’s Nick Paige hit four three-pointers within in span of four minutes and 5 seconds to help the Choctaws regain control of the game. "We had a lot of offensive problems tonight and couldn’t get much going," said head coach Matt O’Connor. "Their size inside hurt us at times and Paige had a real big day. I think our guys will learn from a game like this though. I still feel the playoff race is wide open and there is still a lot to be decided. We just have to keep working hard and be resilient down the stretch." The Eagles had three players who scored in double figures led by Brent Johnson’s 12 points. Geoff Owens had 11 points and Caleb Hilton added 10 points. Johnson had a team-best 8 rebounds. Ozarks has five conference games remaining and will travel to Marshall, Texas, to face East Texas Baptist on February 12.