Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles (9-7, 7-6) dropped a 97-85 decision to East Texas Baptist University (7-8, 7-6) on Saturday afternoon in Marshall, Texas.
Ozarks remains in second place in the American Southwest Conference East Division standings. Ozarks held the lead for a brief moment in the first half, but ETBU turned up the defensive pressure and forced the Eagles into 14 turnovers and limited them to a 29 percent shooting clip from the field. ETBU held a 53-35 halftime advantage behind a strong first half shooting performance. The Tigers shot 52 percent from the floor, with 17 points coming off of turnovers. The Tigers then maintained a 20-point lead for most of the second half despite Ozarks shooting an improved 48 percent from the field. Ozarks went to the free throw line 38 times in the contest, connecting on 23 of those. Brent Johnson and Andy Brakebill led the team with 15 points apiece. Habeeb Kareem added 14 points while Josh Joyner contributed 11 points. Kareem led the team with 9 rebounds. Ozarks will travel to Clinton, Mississippi, to face Mississippi College on January 27 and Pineville, Louisiana, to face Louisiana College on January 29.