Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles started the game with a 17-1 run and never looked back in a 79-68 victory over Sul Ross State University Saturday afternoon in American Southwest Conference action.
Sophomore forward Shawn Curtis scored six points and the Eagles (3-2, 1-0 ASC) nailed three three-pointers during a dominating opening stretch to build a quick 17-1 advantage. David Robertson later hit a jumper to put the Eagles in front 25-9 at the 10:36 mark of the first half. Sul Ross State (1-3, 0-1 ASC) did get within eight points on a pair of occasions, but the Eagles still led 38-25 at the half. Ozarks shot 15-of-26 (57.7%) from the field in first half play. Curtis and Jermery Victor each had eight points at the half.
A Jerard McGinty three-pointer at the 17:01 mark of the second half gave Ozarks a 48-27 lead. Sul Ross finally came alive, reeling off a 20-8 run over the next five minutes to trim the deficit to 56-47. With 11:01 remaining in the game, the Lobos were within 60-52. But Andre Williams scored six points on his own to give the Eagles a 66-52 lead. The Lobos never cut the deficit to single digits as Ozarks answered each Sul Ross threat late in the contest. Ozarks hit a solid 17-of-29 (58.6%) from the floor in the second half. Williams fueled Ozarks with 12 second half points and McGinty added 10.
Williams and Curtis each ended the game with 14 points. McGinty contributed 13 points and Victor finished with 12 points. Isaiah Boxell led the team with seven assists. Victor dished out six assists.
Ozarks will host Howard Payne University Monday night.