Clarksville, Ark.- The University of the Ozarks men's basketball team exploded for 51 second half points to overcome a halftime deficit Wednesday night and secure a 79-74 win over Haskell Indian Nations University.
After a slow start in the first half, Ozarks (7-11) shot 55 percent from the field in the second half to fuel the comeback. The Eagles hit 32 percent in the first half and trailed 37-28 at intermission. Ozarks started the second half on a 10-0 run, which included a Josh Ferrell three-pointer to open play. Pete Barber would also drill a shot from long-range to pull Ozarks within one point. Jerome Luster nailed a three-pointer to give Ozarks a 41-39 lead with 15:21 left. Luster then converted a four-point play to add to the lead. Haskell (5-18) battled back to cut the deficit to 64-62 with less than five minutes remaining and then took the lead. Josh Berard would hit a jumper to give Ozarks the lead for good with three minutes left.
Ozarks will host Belhaven University January 28.