Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks men's basketball team was unable to hold onto a 10-point second half lead as Sul Ross State University handed the Eagles a 84-80 setback in American Southwest Conference action on Thursday night.
After trailing all but two minutes in the first half, the Eagles (2-2, 2-1) stormed out to a take a 52-42 advantage with 11:57 remaining in the game only to see the lead slip away. Sul Ross State (1-3, 1-2) whittled the lead down to 61-60 at the 7:06 mark and promptly gained a 63-61 advantage on a three-pointer with 6:40 left. The two teams battled back-and-forth for the next three minutes and Ozarks tied the contest at 71-71 when Scott McCall hit a three-pointer at the 3:36 mark. That would be as close as Ozarks would get, however, as the Lobos took the lead for good twenty-three seconds later. Neither team shot particularly well, with Ozarks canning 28-80 (35%) from the field while Sul Ross hit 21-58 (36%) of their shots. Habeeb Kareem recorded his third straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. McCall added 11 points and Clint McHenry had 10 points. Brad Johnson had 7 assists for Ozarks. Ozarks travels to Brownwood, Texas, to face Howard Payne University on December 3.