Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles suffered s 88-76 loss to McMurry University in American Southwest Conference play on Thursday night.
The Indians (8-3, 7-1) used a balanced inside-outside attack to upend a hungry Eagles’ squad in a hotly contested ASC matchup. The Eagles (5-5, 3-4) held the lead for a brief moment in the first half before McMurry gained a 6-4 advantage with 16:48 remaining and eventually built that lead to 38-25 at halftime. McMurry sustained their advantage throughout the second half thanks in large part to their hot three-point shooting. The Indians canned 5-of-8 (62.5%) in second half play while continuing to collect points inside the paint. The Eagles appeared to make a run early in the second half when Habeeb Kareem completed a three-point play to cut the deficit to 43-34 with 16:33 remaining. But that would be the only time Ozarks would cut the deficit to single-digits in the second half despite hitting 50 percent of their shots in the final twenty minutes of play. Josh Joyner led the team with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Kareem added 17 points while Brent Johnson and Brad Johnson scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. Joyner and Scott McCall had 6 rebounds apiece. Ozarks will host Hardin-Simmons University this Saturday in ASC action at 3:00 p.m.