Clarksville, Ark.-Louisiana College drilled 11 three-pointers and Josh Johnson scored 30 points to upend the Eagles 95-78 Saturday in American Southwest Conference action.
The Wildcats (4-16, 2-14) hit eight three’s in the first half to hold a 43-33 lead at intermission. Ozarks (10-11, 8-8) held the lead early in the first half before back-to-back three-pointers gave Louisiana College a 27-17 advantage with 10:13 on the clock. Jeremy Clark’s layup trimmed the deficit to 32-26 five minutes later, but the Wildcats extended it to 37-26 with a three at the 3:48 mark.
Louisiana College took advantage of 29 second half free throw attempts to stave off an Ozarks’ rally. Meanwhile, the officiating crew sent Ozarks to the line just seven times. The Eagles cut it to single digits only four times in the final twenty minutes, the final coming with 12:23 remaining. Tony Daniels layup with 14:57 left put Ozarks within 60-52, its closest of the second half. Chris Williams had 17 second half points, but Johnson matched that total while grabbing 6 rebounds. Overall, the Wildcats hit 11-of-22 from beyond the arc.
Williams ended with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Clark and Blake Mitchem scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Ozarks will host UT-Dallas Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard locally on KXIO 106.9 FM and on the web at www.kxio.nu.