Alpine, Texas-Sul Ross State?s Bralyn Thomas hit nine free throws with less than three minutes to go to lift the Lobos to a 69-65 win over the Eagles in American Southwest Conference play Saturday.
Ozarks (2-2, 0-1 ASC) appeared to be in control of the game as it held a 65-56 lead with 2:42 left before Thomas took over. Thomas was fouled on a three-point attempt with 2:28 remaining and hit each free throw to begin the comeback. He then completed a three-point play at the 1:56 mark to pull the Lobos (1-2, 1-0 ASC) within 65-62. Ozarks committed another foul against Thomas, who promptly hit both of his shots with 1:23 left. Ozarks again committed a foul on Thomas on the Lobos next possession, but this time it was from the three-point line. He gave Sul Ross a lead it wouldn’t relinquish after making all three with 32 seconds left.
The Eagles led 36-31 at the half behind a 15-of-30 performance from the field. Marcus Bobb gave Ozarks a 42-33 lead in the second half, but the Lobos eventually tied the game, 49-49, at the 10:34 mark. The Eagles then reeled off a 7-0 run behind a Jermery Victor three-pointer, a Ronnie Dodd shot and a Bryton Flint shot. Dodd drilled a three-pointer and Bobb made back-to-back free throws to give Ozarks a nine-point advantage with 2:42 left in the game.
Thomas hit 17-of-17 from the free throw line in the game.
Dodd paced Ozarks with 22 points. Bobb added 12 points.
Ozarks will play at Howard Payne University Monday night.