Clarksville, Ark.-Jeremy Clark and Colby Woolverton hit a combined nine three-pointers and scored over half the team's points in the Eagles 71-59 American Southwest Conference win over Howard Payne Thursday night.
Woolverton hit his first three at the 12:47 mark of the first half and then nailed another about two minutes later to get Ozarks (3-4, 1-2) within 11-10 of the Jackets (0-5, 0-4). A Tony Daniels layup just minutes later gave the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish. It was Clark though that proved to be a tough matchup as he hit five straight shots, three of which were from behind the arc, to help Ozarks end the half with a 41-25 advantage.
Howard Payne wouldn’t go down easy though as they opened the second half with a 14-2 run to trim Ozarks lead to 43-39 with 14:13 remaining. Jerard McGinty broke the drought with a trey, but the Jackets eventually trimmed the lead to 48-45 four minutes later. Woolverton responded by hitting back-to-back three-pointers to make it 54-45. Clark nailed another three with 5:27 left to extend the lead to 62-49. From there, the Eagles’ lead dipped to single-digits just once the rest of the way.
Clark shot 4-of-9 from the three-point line and ended with 22 points, while Woolverton went 5-of-10 for a career-high 15 points. Daniels added 10 points and eight rebounds. Tony Brock handed out seven assists.
Ozarks will host Sul Ross State University this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The game can be heard locally on KXIO 106.9 and on the web at www.kxio.nu.
-Senior guard Jeremy Clark has totaled 128 points through seven games for a 18.2 points per game average. He scored 122 points during the 2007-2008 season.
-Freshman guard Colby Woolverton came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. All ten of his shots were from beyond the arc.
-Clark and Woolverton scored a combined 37 points in the win, over half of the team’s points.
-Ozarks has topped ten or more three-pointers in five straight games. The Eagles have already hit 70 threes this season, nearly half of what they had last season.