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Roosevelt University
St. Ambrose
Men's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 25, 2017

After an unbelievably hot start, St. Ambrose cooled considerably in the second half in an 89-79 home loss to Roosevelt Wednesday night.

The Bees connected on 20-of-29 first-half field goals (69 percent) in building a 48-42 lead at the break. But things changed after halftime as SAU shot just 10-of-32 (31.3 percent) in the second half.

SAU closed the first half by hitting 10 of its final 12 shots to erase a 10-point deficit. Dedric Byrd went 4-for-4, as part of a 6-for-6 first-half shooting performance, during the late surge. Kain Arthofer and Lee Hardrick each were 2-for-2 and Jake Meeske hit a 3-pointer to help St. Ambrose on the run that put the team in front 48-40 late in the half.

Roosevelt (10-13, 6-8 CCAC) scored in the closing seconds to put the lead at 48-42 at the break.

Baskets from Eric Dust and Hardrick kept the lead at eight points in the opening minutes of the second half before the Bees finally cooled off.

After Dust's and Hardrick's baskets, the Bees would hit just 8-of-28 attempts from the floor the rest of the way.

Greg Wagner scored to tie the game at 59-59 halfway through the second half before the Lakers went on a 12-2 run to take a 71-61 lead with 5:37 left. The Bees got as close as 77-73 on a Dust jumper with 2:48 to go before Roosevelt rattled off the next five points to regain control.

The poor shooting from the field was magnified by poor shooting from the line as SAU hit just 12-of-22 free throw attempts.

Dust finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with a team-best nine rebounds. Byrd finished with 18 points, 12 of those coming in the first half. He ended 7-of-8 from the field. Meeske, Arthofer and Jacoby Posley each netted eight points. Hardrick added seven.

The Bees will next hit the road to visit Calumet St. Joseph Saturday afternoon.