University of the Ozarks 69, McMurry University 64
Records: University of the Ozarks (3-4, 1-1 ASC), McMurry University (2-3, 2-1 ASC)
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Abilene, Texas | Kimbrell Arena Center
The Eagles built a 37-22 halftime lead and then hit several clutch shots down the stretch to pull out a 69-64 road win against McMurry University Tuesday. The win marked the first conference victory of the season for the Eagles. Leading 65-64 with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Kelvin Knight sank two free throws to extend the lead. Zach Bobo made both of his shots from the charity stripe to give Ozarks a five-point cushion with three ticks left. Cory Wilhelm's inside bucket gave Ozarks a 62-60 lead with 5:14 left. McMurry would even the game minutes later, 62-62, but Dylan Gray drilled a three-pointer at the 3:38 mark to give Ozarks a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Clinging to a 65-64 lead with three minutes left, the Eagles kept McMurry off the board for the rest of game. Dylan Gray's three-pointer at the 3:38 mark, gave Ozarks a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The win gave Ozarks its first conference victory of the season.
The Eagles got 27 points off the bench, with Zach Bobo leading the way with 13 points.
The Eagles outrebounded their opponent 41-39.
Dylan Gray scored 14 points, none bigger than his go-ahead three-pointer with less than four minutes to play.
Freshman forward Zach Bobo came off the bench to score in double digits for the third straight game.
"I'm very proud of our guys. We played with tremendous energy and played our best first half of the season. It took all 14 guys to win this one. We had two huge stops at the end and got clutch free throws from Kelvin and Zach."
Bryson Johnson, Joey Hall, Dylan Gray, Skyler Barnes, Cory Wilhelm
The Eagles will host Mary Hardin-Baylor December 14 and Concordia University Texas December 17.