NCAA I UCA Uses Second Half Surge To Drop Eagles

NCAA I UCA Uses Second Half Surge To Drop Eagles

GAME DETAILS - Exhibition (for Ozarks)
University of the Central Arkansas 99, University of the Ozarks 51
Records: University of the Ozarks (0-0), University of Central Arkansas (1-0)
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Conway, Ark. | Farris Center

The Eagles hung tough with the NCAA I Bears through the first half, but UCA outscored Ozarks 57-19 in the second half to earn the win.  Ozarks trailed 42-32 at the half behind Dylan Gray's 10 points. The Bears' defense limited Ozarks to 4-of-28 (14%) from the field in the second half. The Bears would hit 55 percent in the second half to pull away from the Eagles. No other player for Ozarks reached double figures in scoring. Tim Turpin recorded a team-best seven rebounds. Clay Conley hit two three-pointers for the Eagles. The Bears earned their first win of the season, while the game counted as an exhibition for Ozarks.

Scoring - Dylan Gray (10)
Rebounding - Tim Turpin (7)
Assists - Dylan Gray and Kelvin Knight (2)

The Eagles shot 14 percent from the field in the second half to allow the Bears to pull away. UCA outscored Ozarks 57-19 in the second half.

The game marked the first for new head coach Travis Carruthers. Carruthers accepted the job in April after serving as an assistant coach in the American Southwest Conference.
15 players saw time in the game, including eight freshmen.
Five different players made a three-pointer in the game.
UCA is the first of two NCAA I institutions the Eagles will play during the 2017-2018 season. Ozarks will take on Little Rock in December.

Dylan Gray, Skyler Barnes, Cory Wilhelm, Bryson Johnson, Joey Hall

The Eagles host Hendrix College November 15 in the first regular season game of the season.