Rex Farmer played just 10 minutes but he made them count.
Farmer didn't miss a shot, hitting two big 3-pointers and a pair from the line, to finish with 8 points to help St. Ambrose rally for a 75-65 win over No. 21 Ashford Saturday afternoon in Lee Lohman Arena on Senior Day. The non-conference win moves SAU to 20-7 overall.
The Bees trailed by as many as 10 points but SAU shot better than 60 percent in the second half in outscoring the Saints 48-32 after halftime.
It was an 18-6 run, capped by five straight points from Tylon Deal, that gave SAU a 51-49 lead with 11:58 to play.
Four minutes later, Farmer knocked down his first 3-pointer to put St. Ambrose in front 59-54 and energize a big crowd. Ashford (22-8) closed to within a point at 63-62 before the Bees went on a game-clinching 10-0 run. Nick Frazier started the spurt with two free throws and Matt Gossett got free inside to extend the lead to 67-62. Farmer then hit two from the line and less than a minute later, buried another 3-pointer. Frazier ended the run with a free throw to push the score to 73-62 with 1:18 left to help SAU defeat Ashford for the first time in three tries this season.
Deal, Frazier and Darian White combined for 54 points on 20-of-36 shooting from the field. White scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the first half to help keep the Bees close as the Saints built a 33-27 lead at the break.
Deal and Frazier helped Farmer with the scoring load in the second half. Deal dropped in 12 second-half points to finish with 18 and Frazier rebounded from a one-point first half to end with 17.
At halftime, St. Ambrose presented a prestigious Fighting Bee Award to Josh Miller for his perseverance. Miller, a 2000 graduate and the second-leading scorer in program history, was involved in a tragic accident in January 2008, and is continuing to rehabilitate to this day.
The Bees next turn their attention back to the Midwest Collegiate Conference race. St. Ambrose has a half-game lead over Clarke and will host the Crusaders Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The regular season wraps up next Saturday as SAU visits AIB.
|Clarke University at||3:00 pm|
|St. Ambrose at||7:30 pm|
|Saint Xavier University||CST|
|Judson University at||3:00 pm|
|Basketball Alumni Day|
|CCAC Tournament quarterfinal|
|CCAC Tournament semifinal|
|CCAC Tournament championship|
|(15)Robert Morris University Illinois at||81|
|Cancer Awareness Game|
|St. Ambrose at||59|