Clarksville, Ark.-Back-to-back three-pointers with less than 1:30 remaining pushed Louisiana College to a 65-62 win over the Eagles on Saturday in American Southwest Conference play.
Ozarks (8-15, 5-13) had a 61-57 lead with 3:13 left following a Habeeb Kareem three-pointer, but the Wildcats (9-13, 8-10) got a three on their next possession and another a minute later to take the lead for good. Louisiana College’s Dustin Cole hit the first with 1:28 left in the game. After an Ozarks’ miss, Josh Johnson nailed a shot beyond the arc with 33 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 63-61 advantage. The Wildcats later hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to go up 65-62. Ozarks had possession for the final shot, but was unable to convert a pair of three-pointers, the last coming as the buzzer sounded.
Kareem had his way with the Wildcats, hitting 11-of-18 from the field en route to scoring a career-high 33 points. Kareem’s previous best was 30, which he scored twice in his career, once in 2005 and the other coming on Thursday night against Mississippi College. Kareem kept things close in the first half, scoring 17. He ended the game with 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Tony Brock had 8 rebounds and 10 assists.
Ozarks will finish the season with a pair of road games. The Eagles will play at LeTourneau on February 21 and East Texas Baptist on February 23.