Clarksville, Ark.-Texas Lutheran University was out rebounded 52-33 and shot just 36 percent from the floor, but still managed a 64-60 win over the Eagles Friday night in American Southwest Conference play.
The Bulldogs (2-4, 2-3 ASC) also took care of the ball, committing only six turnovers, while Ozarks had 17 miscues. Ozarks (3-7, 1-5 ASC) held the lead for most of the first half, with Marcus Bobb leading the charge with eight points. Shawn Curtis and Kasey Lewis each had five rebounds, helping the Eagles have twice as many boards than the Bulldogs in the first half. Ozarks established a 26-14 lead with five minutes left in the half when Bryton Flint scored on a layup. Bobb would nail a jumper later to again give the Eagles a 12-point advantage. The Bulldogs eventually narrowed the score to 30-23 at the half.
Texas Lutheran made a rally in the second half to cut the deficit to 38-36 with 13:45 left in the contest. The Bulldogs took the lead two minutes later and then would build a 49-42 advantage with 7:25 remaining. However, the Eagles rallied around four Andre Williams’ free throws and a Flint three-point play to tie the score 49-49 with 5:49 left. Texas Lutheran fought back to hold a 57-51 lead over the next two minutes. Ozarks did climb to within 59-56 with 1:34 left, but that would be as close as they could get.
Bobb had 15 points and Curtis added 11 points.
Ozarks will host Texas-Dallas December 18.