Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks men's basketball team suffered a 81-57 setback to Hendrix College in a non-conference game in Conway on Monday night.
The Eagles (6-4, 6-1) struggled from the field the entire game and couldn’t overcome a Warrior team that held a 41-25 lead at halftime. Hendrix (8-3) held just a 27-23 advantage with 4:05 remaining in the first half after Habeeb Kareem hit a pair of free throws. The Warriors then went on a 14-2 run to finish out the half. Hendrix held a double-digit lead throughout the second half and fought off an Ozarks’ run that cut the deficit to 12 points at the 13:54 mark. The Eagles didn’t shoot particularly well from the field in the game, hitting only 27 percent of their shots from the floor. Habeeb Kareem was one bright spot for Ozarks, recording his fifth double-double of the season. Kareem scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Josh Joyner added 12 points. Joyner and Brad Johnson had 3 steals. Ozarks hits the road this month when they play 6 of their 9 ASC games away from Clarksville’ Mabee Gymnasium. Ozarks travels to Abilene, Texas, to face Hardin-Simmons University on January 5. Ozarks then takes on McMurry University on January 7.