Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles dropped a 80-76 decision against Schreiner University in American Southwest Conference crossover action at Mabee Gymnasium Thursday night.
The Eagles’ (3-7, 0-0) second half comeback fell short as the visiting Schreiner University Mountaineers (6-4, 0-1) came away with a 80-76 win. The Eagles suffered from a poor shooting night, hitting only 36 percent of their shots from the field while the Mountaineers shot a steady 49 percent from the field. After taking a 38-27 advantage at halftime, Schreiner fought off a valiant Eagles’ second half comeback by creating free throw opportunities. Nine of Schreiner’s final 13 points in the last 6:06 of the game came at the charity stripe. Schreiner held a 58-40 advantage at the 12:36 mark of the second half before Ozarks slowly chiseled into the lead. The Eagles would close the gap to 72-68 when Mike Taylor hit a jumper in the lane with 3:52 remaining. But that would be as close as the Eagles would get. Schreiner would hit 5-of-7 free throws down the stretch to clinch the win. Josh Joyner turned in his third double-double of the season by scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Tyler Field scored a career high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Taylor and Brent Johnson scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Ozarks continues their home stand when they host Texas Lutheran University on Saturday afternoon.