Eagles Edge UT-Tyler In Exciting Finish

Savannah Kate Smith had 16 points in a close win over UT-Tyler.

University of the Ozarks 75, UT-Tyler 72 
Records: University of the Ozarks (10-8), UT-Tyler (10-7)
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Clarksville, Ark. | Mabee Gymnasium 

Looking to bounce back from a 89-42 drumming at the hands of UT-Dallas on Saturday, the Eagles hosted a tough UT-Tyler squad. Ozarks jumped out to a 18-16 lead after the first frame, and enjoyed a 39-32 advantage at the half. The edge could be, in large part, attributed to the Eagles success from beyond the arc and UT-Tyler's lack thereof. The Patriots misfired on all six of their attempts from three in the first half, while Ozarks managed to connect of eight of their fifteen tries. A hard fought second half and strong bench scoring, allowed the Patriots to get back in the game and even lead in the final minute. However, a crucial layup with less than 40 seconds to play by senior guard Savannah Kate Smith allowed the Eagles to take the lead for good. Solid late game management helped Ozarks finish the game off and secure the win, 75-72.


Scoring - Delanei Stephens, Hannah Weatherford, Savannah Kate Smith (16)
Rebounding - Diamond Goodwyn (6)
Assists - Hailey Ostrander (6)

The Eagles hit 14 three-pointers compared to the Patriots five, and had four starters score in double digits. 

The Eagles' 14 three-pointers were the most for the season.
Four of the five starters shot over 50 percent from the floor.

Hailey OstranderKamryn McKinneySavannah Kate Smith, Hannah WeatherfordDelanei Stephens

The Eagles will host LeTourneau University January 24.

By Rhett Williamson, Student Assistant Sports Information Director