Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks shot 67 percent from the field in the second half and five players scored in double figures as the Eagles earned a 98-85 win over Concordia-Austin on Thursday night in American Southwest Conference play.
<#IMAGE:1#>Ozarks (5-5, 4-2) made 23-of-30 from the field in the final twenty minutes of play, and finished the game shooting 63 percent. Their performance from the floor nearly bettered their performance from the free throw line as the Eagles hit 64 percent from the charity stripe. Ozarks owned just a 37-36 lead at the half, and the contest remained close for the first four minutes of action in the second half before the Eagles went on a 11-0 run capped by a Chris Williams three-pointer at the 13:56 mark. The Eagles also benefited from Ted Beard’s 20-point second half outburst as he single-handily took over the game, hitting an array of jumpers and layups. Concordia-Austin (3-8, 2-5) held the lead only once in the second half and Ozarks pushed their advantage to as many as 22 points on three different occasions. Beard finished with a game-high 20 points. Williams came off the bench to score 16 points, highlighted by a 2-for-2 effort from the three-point line. Habeeb Kareem finished with 13 points and Jeremy Clark and Chris Clark each had 11 points. Clint McHenry had a team-best 7 rebounds. Beard also had 4 steals and Jeremy Clark had 6 assists. Ozarks will face Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, on January 6.