Clarksville, Ark.- No. 20 UT-Dallas held the Eagles to four points in the first ten minutes of play and went on to a 69-54 victory in American Southwest Conference play Monday night.
Ozarks (10-12, 8-9) hit just 36 percent from the field in the first half and gave up 25 rebounds, allowing UT-Dallas (19-3, 14-3) to race out to an early 17-4 lead. The Eagles had trouble closing the gap and found themselves down 40-20 at the half. Ozarks improved their play in the second half, and turned a 49-24 deficit into a 59-45 ballgame with 7:03 left. The Eagles continued to chisel the deficit down to 61-49 after Colbey Woolverton completed a three-point play. Chris Williams’ free throw with 3:18 left got Ozarks within 63-52, but that would be as close as they could get. Ozarks outscored UT-Dallas 34-29 in the second half. The Comets held a 42-27 rebound advantage in the game.
Jeremy Clark led Ozarks with 13 points. Tony Daniels added 10 points.
Ozarks will host UT-Tyler Saturday in the Hall of Fame game. Saturday will also be “Senior Day.”
-The Eagles 54 points was its lowest scoring output of the season.
-Chris Williams 14-game streak with at least 10 points ended against the Comets.
-Jeremy Clark recorded his seventh straight game in which he has hit a free throw.