Clarksville, Ark.-After trailing by 15 points with nine minutes remaining, the Eagles stormed back to tie the game twice late in the game, but Sul Ross State ended the final minute and a half with an 8-0 run to earn a 78-70 American Southwest Conference victory on Thursday night in Alpine, Texas.
The Eagles (2-2, 0-1) trailed 61-46 with 9:42 left in the game, but went on a 14-5 spurt over the next five minutes to cut it to 66-60. Ted Beard started the run with a three-pointer and Andre Williams hit another three with 4:51 left to make it a 6-point deficit. Chris Clark and Habeeb Kareem followed with back-to-back layups, and Clint McHenry hit a jumper to tie the contest at 66-66 with 3:05 left. Sul Ross (3-1, 2-0) held a 70-68 advantage with 1:31 remaining, but Beard hit a shot to even the score. However, the Lobos finished the contest with an 8-0 run, thanks in part to a 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line, to secure their third win of the season.
Ozarks trailed 43-34 at the half despite shooting 55 percent from the field.
Four players reached double figures for Ozarks, with Beard leading the way with 15 points. Kareem and Williams had 13 points, while Tony Brock contributed 12 points. Kareem had a team-best 9 rebounds.
Ozarks will face Howard Payne University on Saturday in Brownwood, Texas.