Clarksville, Ark.-Jeremy Clark poured in a career-high 26 points on Tuesday night to help Ozarks to a 91-58 win over Rhema Bible College.
Clark’s previous high was 16, but that was easily surpassed in the first half when he netted 19 points behind a 4-of-7 performance from the three-point line. Clark hit three consecutive three-pointers before nailing a jumper to give Ozarks (2-2) a 23-9 lead at the 11:31 mark of the first half. Rhema (5-4) could do little to slow down the hot-shooting Clark as Ozarks owned a 44-28 halftime lead. Ozarks controlled the entire second half though Rhema got to within 44-33 early, but Andre Williams responded with a three and Clark later hit another one from behind the arc to push the lead to 52-37. Blake Mitchem sparked Ozarks off the bench, especially in the second half, as he scored 13 in the final twenty. Mitchem’s inside jumper with 9:05 remaining ballooned Ozarks’ lead to 69-49, and Ozarks held a 20-plus advantage the rest of the way.
Clark finished 5-of-9 from the three-point line to score a game-high 26 points. Mitchem scored 17 points and had a team-best five rebounds. Chris Williams went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to add 10 points. Tony Brock dished out six of his game-high nine assists in the first half.
Ozarks will travel to Austin, Texas, to face Concordia University Texas November 29 for their American Southwest Conference opener. Ozarks will then play Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, December 1.
-Jeremy Clark’s previous career-high was 16 points, which he did on a pair of occasions during the 2006-2007 season. Clark also made a personal best five three-pointers Tuesday, one better than his previous career-high.
-Ozarks improved its all-time mark to 5-0 against Rhema.
-Tony Brock came up one assist short of tying his career-high.
-Freshman forward Blake Mitchem has scored in double figures in two straight games. Mitchem has five or more rebounds in three games thus far.