Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles dropped their second consecutive home American Southwest Conference game after Hardin-Simmons University came away victorious on Saturday afternoon in Clarksville.
Hardin-Simmons (8-4, 6-3) went on a 9-2 run over a three-minute stretch late in the game to secure a 70-66 upset over Ozarks. The Eagles (5-6, 3-5) could only manage 9 points in the final 6:39 of the contest after holding a 57-53 edge over the Cowboys at that point. Hardin-Simmons took a 33-30 lead into halftime, but Ozarks would take the lead on four different occasions in the second half, including a 58-53 advantage with 4:39 remaining. The Cowboys hit a three-pointer with 3:02 left to tie the score at 58-58, and give the visitors a substantial momentum swing in the waning minutes. Brent Johnson hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 63-65 with twenty-seven seconds remaining, but Hardin-Simmons would nail two free throws just five seconds later to push their lead to four points. Johnson led the team with 23 points. Johnson hit 4-of-8 from beyond the arc while recording 4 steals. Habeeb Kareem added 11 points and a team-best 7 rebounds. Ozarks will host Austin College in ASC action on January 10 at 7:30 p.m.