Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles were outscored 39-25 in the second half in their 71-54 loss against Mississippi College in American Southwest Conference play on Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi.
Ozarks (11-8, 11-5) remains in second place in the ASC East Division standings and will have four straight home games before closing out the regular season with two contests on the road. Ozarks trailed just 32-29 at halftime, but the division-leading Choctaws (17-1, 14-1) took the game over in the final twenty minutes. Mississippi College increased their lead to 55-41 with 9:59 remaining and made it difficult for Ozarks to make a comeback. The Eagles made just 7-of-30 (23%) from the field in the second half, including hitting only three field goals in the final ten minutes of the contest. The first half saw Ozarks hold the lead for nearly five minutes behind Josh Joyner’s 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Choctaws, however, fired in 63 percent of their shots in the second half to secure the win. The Eagles displayed a strong rebounding effort, collecting 53 boards while limiting the Choctaws to 33. Joyner’s 17 points and 16 rebounds was tops on the team and gave him his first double-double of the season. Joyner’s 16 rebounds was also a career high. He has produced nine double-doubles and has 11 double-digit rebounding efforts in his career. Habeeb Kareem recorded his eighth double-double of the year scoring 11 points and collecting 13 rebounds.