Clarksville, Ark.-The men's basketball team opened the 2004-2005 season on the road in non-conference play in Conway over the weekend.
The Eagles (2-0) handily won two games in the Hendrix College Tip-Off Classic, defeating Hendrix College 87-79 on Friday and Rhodes College 93-81 on Saturday. Against Hendrix, freshman center Habeeb Kareem scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his first game as a collegiate to lead Ozarks to the win. Kareem shot 9-of-12 (75%) from the floor in twenty minutes of action. David Hamilton scored 16 points and Josh Joyner had 14 points for the Eagles. Ozarks dominated from the outset and held a 43-29 advantage at halftime. Against Rhodes College, balanced scoring was the key to victory as ten different players scored for the Eagles, with Brent Johnson leading the charge with 22 points. Johnson shot 6-of-12 (50%) from the three-point line. Kareem followed Johnson with 20 points. Chris Clark scored 14 points and Josh Joyner and Andy Brakebill had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Hamilton had a team-best seven rebounds. Ozarks again had a strong first half of scoring, leading 52-33 at halftime. Ozarks travels to Austin, Texas, to face Concordia-Austin on Nov. 27 and Belton, Texas, on Nov. 29 to take on Mary Hardin-Baylor in American Southwest Conference action.