Balanced Scoring, Bench Play Key In Win Over Howard Payne

Lance Gardner was one of three players to score 10 points in a win over Howard Payne.

GAME DETAILS
University of the Ozarks 73, Howard Payne University 61
Records: University of the Ozarks (3-10, 2-3 ASC), Howard Payne (2-12, 1-5 ASC)
Thursday, January 3, 2018
Clarksville, Ark. | Mabee Gymnasium

THE BASICS
The Eagles got balanced scoring and a strong effort from the bench to oust Howard Payne University 73-61 Thursday night in American Southwest Conference action. 48 points came from the bench for the Eagles. Jacobe Davis had 10 points, as did Lance Gardner and Skyler Barnes. After trailing 30-28 at the half, the Eagles outscored Howard Payne 45-31 in the second half. In the second half, the Eagles shot 53 percent from the floor. Gardner and Davis went a combined 7-of-8 from the field in the second half. Davis ignited a 9-2 run in the second half with six points. And the Eagles used a 15-9 run to close out the final four minutes of the game.

COACH CARRUTHERS QUOTE
"We had to gut this one out. I'm proud of our guys' ability to overcome adversity. We had contributions from all over. Jacobe Davis and Darnell Renelique came off the bench and gave us fantastic contributions. We have a huge task ahead of us as the defending champs enter The Eagles Nest Saturday afternoon."

LEADERS
Scoring - Lance Gardner, Jacobe Davis, Skyler Barnes (10)
Rebounding - Ethan Bowman, Tim Turpin (7)
Assists - Bryson Johnson, Tim Turpin (3)

KEY STATISTICS
48 points came from the bench for the Eagles. The Eagles outscored Howard Payne 45-31 in the second half. 

NOTABLES
Three players - Lance Gardner, Jacobe Davis and Skyler Barnes - had 10 points to lead the team in scoring.
The bench provided 48 of the 73 points.

OZARKS STARTERS
Bryson JohnsonEthan BowmanZach BoboKelvin KnightLance Gardner

UP NEXT
The Eagles will host Sul Ross State University January 5.