Abilene, Texas-Hardin-Simmons roared back from a 47-39 halftime deficit to knock off the Eagles 83-77 Thursday night in American Southwest Conference basketball action.
The Eagles (1-5, 0-2 ASC) committed 11 costly second half turnovers to let the Cowboys (2-1, 1-0 ASC) back into the game. Hardin-Simmons opened the second half with a 10-2 run to tie the score at 49-49. But Ozarks regained focus and built a 66-58 advantage after Ronnie Dodd nailed a three-pointer with 10:41 remaining in the contest. However, the Cowboys outscored Ozarks 25-11 in the final nine minutes of the game. Dodd carried the Eagles in the second half scoring 15 points on a 3-of-6 shooting performance from the three-point line.
Kris McCrary and Jermery Victor each scored baskets in the first half to give Ozarks a nine-point lead only to see Hardin-Simmons close the gap each time.
Dodd finished with a double-double after he recorded 11 rebounds. Joshua Clark posted 12 points and Victor and Andrew Cummings had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Five Hardin-Simmons players reached double figures in scoring.
Ozarks will travel to Austin, Texas, to face Concordia University Texas for an ASC game December 1.