Clarksville, Ark.-Birmingham-Southern College fought back from an early first half deficit to upend the Eagles 91-70 Friday night in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ozarks (1-2) opened the game by controlling the first ten minutes, with Andre Williams giving the Eagles a 12-5 advantage four minutes into the contest. Josh Odom kept the momentum with a bucket at the 13:11 mark to put the Eagles ahead 18-13. However, Birmingham-Southern (2-0) tied it two minutes later and then reeled off a 31-17 run to close out the half with a 49-35 lead. Ozarks made a push in the second half to get within 62-50 on a pair of Odom free throws. Blake Mitchem hit two free throws with 11:33 remaining to cut the deficit to 65-52, but that would be as close as Ozarks could get the rest of the way. The Panthers’ lead eventually ballooned to more than 20 points late in the game.
Ozarks committed 19 turnovers and were outrebounded 38-25. Both teams shot 51 percent from the field.
Four players reached double figures for Ozarks, with Odom leading the way with 13 points. Clayton Crouch added 12, Colby Woolverton had 11 and Williams finished with 10.
Ozarks will travel to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to face Rhema Bible College November 24.