Clarksville, Ark.-An action packed second half saw five lead changes, with a resilient Eagles (3-3, 0-0) team making the key plays down the stretch to win their second straight home game, 73-69, over the visiting Tornados (4-1, 0-0) in American Southwest Conference action on Saturady afternoon.
Ozarks held a 38-29 lead at halftime before beginning an evenly contested second half of play. The Tornados would take a 41-40 lead at the 14:44 mark of the second half and retain the lead for almost five minutes until a Scott McCall free throw gave Ozarks a 51-50 advantage. Ozarks would hold the lead for just over a minute before Concordia-Austin took back the lead after a Darren Johnson layup. The Eagles seemed to be gaining momentum after a Shannon Scribner dunk with 3:58 left in the game, but the Tornados would tie the score once more on their following possession. Ozarks would take the lead once and for all after a Josh Joyner basket twenty seconds after Scribner’s slam. The Eagles held a 46-34 rebounding advantage in the game, with David Hamilton snagging a team leading 8 boards. Eleven different players scored for Ozarks. Brent Johnson paced the Eagles with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from three-point range and recorded his third double-digit scoring game of the season. Scribner added 10 points. Ozarks ventures into non-conference action over the Christmas break when they will travel to Russellville to face Arkansas Tech University on December 31.