Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles raced out to a 34-21 halftime lead only to see UT-Tyler roar back in the second half to secure a 71-55 come-from-behind win in Saturday's American Southwest Conference game.
Playoff hopes for the Eagles (10-13, 8-10) now get more difficult as they sit in sixth-place in the ASC East Division standings, behind UT-Dallas (20-3, 15-3), LeTourneau (16-8, 14-5), Mississippi College (17-5, 13-5), East Texas Baptist (12-11, 9-9), and UT-Tyler (10-13, 10-8). Ozarks will end the regular season by traveling to Longview, Texas, to play LeTourneau February 19 and then on to Marshall, Texas, to play East Texas Baptist University February 21. Both LeTourneau and East Texas Baptist defeated Ozarks in January.
The Eagles had control of the first half, holding a sizable 30-15 lead at the 7:09 mark. Chris Williams layup was the final basket of the half to give Ozarks a 34-21 intermission lead. The Patriots came out in the second half and shot 61 percent from the field and held the Eagles to just five field goals. The Patriots opened the second half with a 25-12 run and got 29 second half points from Hakeem Kareem. Kareem’s shot with 7:21 left would give UT-Tyler the lead for good.
Chris Williams and Jeremy Clark each posted 15 points.
-It was the final home game for four seniors – Tony Brock, Jeremy Clark, Chris Williams and Tony Daniels.