Bees look tired lose in Classic


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Posted Online: Dec. 08, 2012, 10:16 pm
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By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
A treacherous schedule finally caught up with the St. Ambrose University men's basketball team.

The Fighting Bees lost to Benedictine-Springfield 80-67 Saturday at their SAU Classic, finishing a stretch of six games in 12 days after spending a week in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Saturday, the Bees ran out of steam. SAU was holding a 46-38 lead after Nick Frazier hit a jumper with 14:44 left in the second half. After that, the Bulldogs doubled up the Bees the rest of the way, outscoring SAU 42-21.

"These guys are pretty tired," said SAU coach Ray Shovlain. "We need some time to get our legs under us a little bit."

The Bees (5-6) will get just that, not playing until the second day of the St. Xavier Tournament on Dec. 21. SAU gets a forfeit win over Cincinnati Christian in a the game that was supposed to be the SAU opener on Dec. 20.

on Saturday, SAU looked solid for the first 26 minutes and only turned the ball over three times in the first half. In the second 20 minutes, though, the Bees turned it over 15 times, which led to 11 Bulldog points.

Benedictine's Thomas Dillard led all scorers with 24 points, and was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs were 26-for-29 from the line.

The Bees were led by Frazier's double-double of 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. the Bees did not help themselves by shooting just 1-for-14 from the 3-point line.

"We need to be more consistent on offense and defense," said Shovlain. "We've got a ways to go. Fortunately we have a nice break now."

As is with most seasons, there is the potential for roster changes when the semester comes to an end and Shovlain said there could potentially be new additions.

The Bees are already featuring a number of new names this season and got nice contributions from two freshmen on Saturday. Michael Knoll scored 13 points off the bench and starter Sam Ainsworth dropped in 11.

"When you think about it, we've already played 12 games and with 20 minutes a half, some of these freshmen have already played the equivalent of two-thirds of a high school season," said Shovlain, referring to tired legs. "We're going to have to keep an eye on that."

















 



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