Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks defeated Louisiana College 75-68 in American Southwest Conference basketball action at Saturday afternoon's Hall of Fame game.
The Eagles (10-10, 8-9) used a strong second half shooting performance to oust a pesky Louisiana College (10-10, 9-9) team in a game where the Wildcats tied the contest with 2:09 remaining. Ozarks held a 31-28 lead at halftime as both teams shot 34 percent from the field. The Eagles came out in the second half and shot 64 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line to help their cause. Ozarks had a tough time pulling away from the visitors, but did out score the Wildcats 12-5 in the final 1:20 of the game. T.J. Drew’s layup notched the score at 63-63 with 2:09 left, but Habeeb Kareem’s shot 49 seconds later gave the Eagles’ momentum down the stretch. Josh Joyner, Brad Johnson and David Hamilton shot a combined 6-of-6 from the free throw line with under 30 seconds remaining to seal the win. Brent Johnson led the team with 18 points. Johnson was followed by Kareem’s 17 points. Josh Joyner added 16 points. Hamilton had a team-best 9 rebounds. Brad Johnson finished with a game-high 7 assists. Ozarks will travel to Sherman, Texas, this Monday to face Austin College.