Clarksville, Ark.-Freshman guard Andre Williams missed only one shot all day en route to scoring a career-high 19 points and helping the Eagles secure a 84-76 win over Schreiner University in American Southwest Conference play on Saturday.
Williams, a 6-foot-3 native of San Antonio, Texas, hit all five of his three-point attempts and all four of his free throws to spark the Eagles (4-3, 1-2) to their first conference win of the season. Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers within the first three minutes of the game and proceeded to hit two more in the first half to give Ozarks a 44-41 halftime advantage. Williams wasn’t the only Eagle draining three’s in the opening half, as Chris Clark, Blake Belford, Jeremy Clark and Ty Allen all hit shots from beyond the arc. In all, the Eagles hit 8-of-12 (66%) from the three-point line in the first twenty minutes of action. Ozarks went on to hit 4-of-9 (44%) in the second half, easily giving the Eagles their best performance from the three-point line all season.
The Eagles never trailed in the second half, but a Keith Perry jumper with 15:40 left cut Ozarks’ lead to three points. Belford answered with a three 13 seconds later to start a 8-0 run capped by a Chris Williams three-point play. Ozarks then maintained control of the game, never allowing their lead to slip below six points in the final twelve minutes of action.
Williams scored a game-high 19 points behind a 5-of-6 shooting performance from the floor. Chris Clark added 12 points and Tony Daniels and Clint McHenry scored 12 and 11 points respectively. McHenry had a team-best 6 rebounds. Tony Brock had 5 assists to go along with 8 points.
Ozarks will host Texas Lutheran University on December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Schreiner falls to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in ASC play.