Clarksville, Ark.-LeTourneau University overcame a 34-30 halftime deficit to upend the Eagles 80-70 in American Southwest Conference action Thursday night.
The YellowJackets (10-4, 8-1) shot 51 percent from the field and went to the free throw line 19 times in the second half while reeling off a 9-2 run around the six minute mark to take the game’s momentum. Leading 52-49 with 6:37 left in the contest, LeTourneau pushed the lead 61-51 at the 5:04 mark. Ozarks (7-7, 5-4) cut it to 61-56 with a Colby Woolverton three-pointer, but that is as close as the Eagles could get the rest of the way.
The Eagles came out of the gate strong, controlling the tempo and maintaining the lead for all but about a minute of the first half. Jeremy Clark’s three at the 14:25 mark lifted Ozarks to a 15-7 advantage. Andre Williams got the hot hand, nailing three three-pointers within the first nine minutes of the game. His third gave Ozarks a 18-9 lead. The Eagles continued to build upon that and eventually went up 29-14 on a Woolverton basket with 8:11 remaining in the half. LeTourneau trimmed the lead to 31-27 with 3:05 left and would keep the gap at four points going into the half.
Tony Daniels paced Ozarks with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Williams added 10 points and 10 boards. Woolverton had 13 points and Andre Williams contributed 11 points.
Ozarks will host East Texas Baptist University Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
-Andre Williams has had back-to-back games with three three-pointers. Against LeTourneau he went 3-of-6 and against Texas Lutheran he finished 3-of-5. He has hit a three in seven straight games.
-Chris Williams notched his third straight double-double and his sixth in the last seven games.
-Ozarks shot 27 treys while LeTourneau launched only 9.