Clarksville, Ark.-Jermery Victor's three-point shot at the buzzer fell short as Mississippi College squeezed out a 86-83 American Southwest Conference win Saturday.
Ozarks (8-15, 5-13 ASC) nearly completed a miraculous comeback on “Senior Day” as it trailed 83-75 with just 29 seconds remaining in the game. Charles Palmer would drill a three-pointer on Ozarks next possession and the Choctaws (7-14, 6-12 ASC) would hit just 1-of-2 from the free throw line on their next trip down the court. Ozarks Bryton Flint grabbed the rebound and found Victor open for a three with 22 seconds left to bring the score to 84-81. Andrew Cummings then stole the ball on Mississippi College’s inbound pass and got it to Flint, who drew a foul with 8 ticks left. Flint hit both free throws and Ozarks later sent the Choctaws to the foul line with 5 seconds. Mississippi College made both free throws to go ahead 86-83. The game ended, however, on a controversial no-call as Victor launched a three at the buzzer and was knocked to the ground in the process.
The Eagles trailed 42-41 at the half, but rallied to take a 59-58 lead at the 11:41 mark of the second half. Ozarks then built a 65-60 advantage only to see the Choctaws gain an eight-point advantage at the two minute mark.
Ronnie Dodd paced Ozarks with 20 points. Marcus Bobb followed with 16 points. Senior guard Colby Woolverton scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds in his final home game.
Ozarks will travel to LeTourneau University and Texas-Tyler for their final regular season games of the season.