Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles held the lead for all but about three minutes of the second half, but regional power Webster University made a late push to take a 78-75 win in Saint Louis on Saturday.
Ozarks (1-2) held the lead in the second half until the final three minutes of the game as Webster made a couple of clutch baskets late to earn the come-from-behind victory. With Webster leading 76-72 with 1:43 remaining, Andre Williams nailed a three-pointer with 26 seconds left to put Ozarks in a good position to grab the lead back. However, Webster answered with a layup on their next possession. The Eagles had the game’s last possession, but Williams was unable to hit a three in the final seconds.
The two teams locked into a 37-37 halftime score, with Jeremy Clark scoring 14 points in the first twenty minutes. Ozarks built a 29-18 advantage, the largest lead of the game, when Clark hit a three at the 7:34 mark. Clark hit 3-of-5 from the three-point line in the first half. In the second half, Webster turned a 66-58 deficit into a 68-68 tie in less than two minutes to take the game’s momentum. Ozarks would hold the lead on two different occasions following that tie that occurred with 6:23 remaining.
Clark ended the game with a team-best 17 points. Williams and Tony Daniels each had 15 points, and Tony Brock added 11 points, fueled by a 3-for-3 performance from the three-point line. Blake Mitchem had 10 points off the bench. Chris Williams recorded a team-high seven rebounds.
Ozarks will host Rhema Bible College November 25 at 7:30 p.m.