The lead remained in double digits through most of the second half, but the Bees started to chip away in the final five minutes. Three-pointers from Nick Frazier and Ty McLane sliced the lead to three with two minutes to play. Frazier then added a pair of free throws to make it a 70-69 game with 49 seconds left.
But the Saints dug in on the defensive end, not allowing the Bees to get a good look in the dying seconds. Ambrose had its best chance in the final 6 seconds when Tylon Deal was fouled trying a 3-point shot. He missed all three free throwsy, then Josh Little rejected a game-tying 3 attempt from McLane to close out the game.
“We stuck to what we do best, and that’s play defense and rebound,” Drake said. “Our guys dug in and played really well defensively late. This group was ready to go, and we had a lot of new guys get experience in a high-pressure situation. That’s only going to help us going forward.”
Deal led the Bees with 16 points, but it wasn’t enough as St. Ambrose dropped to 5-2 on the year.
The Saints look to extend their winning streak Friday, when they travel to Chicago for the Moody Bible Institute Tournament. Ashford will face Presentation College to open the tournament at 5 p.m.