Five players in double figures and a season high in assists pushed the University of Central Arkansas Bears to a 93-52 rout of the University of the Ozarks on Monday at the Farris Center.

Senior Thatch Unruh led the Bears with 18 points in a game that was never close.

UCA, which shot 62.7 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range, led by as much as 34 points in the first half, en route to a 47-19 halftime advantage.

The margin reached 42 points in the second half as the Bears improved on their 60-percent first half shooting by hitting 65.5 percent in the final 20 minutes.

The Bears got contributions from every player that saw action.

Sophomore center Hayden Koval had his first double-double of the season — and third of his career — with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while freshman forward Eddy Kayouloud had 14 points.

Freshmen Khaleem Bennett and SK Shittu added 11 and 10 points, respectively, with Shittu chipping in seven rebounds as the Bears dominated the boards 48-28 over the smaller Eagles.

"(The depth) really gives me a lot of confidence because I don't have to wear people out,” UCA coach Russ Pennell said. "In the past, if someone like Tanner Schmit got three fouls, we were in trouble. We're just playing kind of a mix and match and yet now, we can work a guy in that's maybe a little more athletic and can play multiple positions. That's the thing that I really like.

"In my career, when I've been a part of really good teams, we didn't have to rely on one guy, and that's what I like about this team. Like I told them, I think the thing that excites me the most is, I don't think we're even scratching the surface of what we could be. There's a lot of room for growth, and just think because we're young that we make some dumb mistakes, but boy, I think we're talented.”

UCA held Ozarks scoreless until the 13:00 mark of the first half and grabbed a 16-0 lead in the first seven minutes.

From there, it was never close as nine different players scored for the Bears before halftime, including 10 points from Kayouloud with a pair of three-pointers.

The Bears finished 6 of 13 from 3-point range, with four different players connecting from beyond the arc.

The Bears opened the second half with consecutive alley-oop dunks by Koval and Shittu, pushing the lead to 51-19 with less than a minute gone in the half.

"You know, I called the first one, they called the second one,” Pennell said. "They way they were trying to trap our ball screens, we knew that Hayden would probably be open. They came back and ran the second one, either DJ or Thatch called it, and they were smart enough to know to go to SK now to the other side. I was really happy with that because I thought that showed some maturity, to think outside the box and to do that on their own. That's what I'm looking for in time, where they don't need a lot of communication from me on the sideline.”

The Eagles, who count the game as an exhibition as an NCAA Division III team, made three consecutive 3-pointer in a span of a minute to get within 53-32 with 15:40 remaining, but that was as close as they would get.

UCA outscored Ozarks 40-20 the rest of the way, finishing with a season-high 22 assists and season-high eight blocked shots, three by Koval, who set the UCA school record with 105 last season.

"I've always thought that was kind of the staple of our program, that we make the extra pass,” Pennell said. "We have a saying, there is a good shot and there is a better shot, and we're always looking for the better shot. I challenged them with that yesterday because I had not been real happy with our assist total (10 and 13) in the first two games.So I was happy with the way we played unselfish basketball tonight.”

Sophomore Matthew Mondesir led the way with a career-high eight assists, while seven other Bears had at least one.

Unruh and Kayouloud were both 2 of 4 from 3-point range, while Bennett and Schmit added a 3-point each.

UCA was also 13 of 17 at the line, with Koval going 5 for 5.

UCA returns to the road for three straight games, beginning Thursday night at the University of Pittsburgh.

Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).

UCA plays at Troy at 2 p.m. Sunday and at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Saint Louis.

The next home game for the Bears is Nov. 28 against the Little Rock Trojans.