Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles dropped a 105-79 decision to UT-Tyler in American Southwest Conference action on Saturday in Tyler, Texas, but still remain in the hunt for a post-season playoff spot.
The Eagles move into a three-way tie for fourth-place with UT-Dallas and Louisiana College. The top four teams make the playoffs, with second-place UT-Tyler ineligible for post-season play because of NCAA provisional status. UT-Dallas travels to Mississippi College on Thursday and Louisiana College on Saturday this week while Louisiana College will host UT-Tyler on Saturday. The Eagles (11-12, 9-11) held a 14-12 lead at the 12:47 mark of the first half, but that would be the last lead of the game for Ozarks as UT-Tyler (12-11, 12-8) out scored the visitors 42-20 the rest of the half. The Patriots shot 61 percent from the field in the game and held a 40-25 edge in the rebounding department. Habeeb Kareem led the team with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. It was the fourth time Kareem has led the team in scoring. He has scored in double figures in 21 of Ozarks’ 23 games. Josh Joyner scored 21 points and Chris Clark added 10 points. Joyner and Ian Garret had 5 rebounds apiece. Ozarks will host LeTourneau University on February 17 and East Texas Baptist on February 19. Free tickets for Thursday’s game can be picked up at Phil Taylor Insurance and Hampton Inn. Tickets for Saturday’s game can be picked up at Simmons First Bank and Bank of the Ozarks. Saturday’s contest will be Homecoming and Senior Day.