CEDAR RAPIDS – The Waldorf College men's basketball team closed out the ActionCOACH Shootout with an 84-72 loss to St. Ambrose University on Saturday.
Shooting 58 percent on a 30-of-52 performance from the field wasn't enough for the Warriors (1-3) to bring down the Fighting Bees (4-0), who entered the contest ranked No. 14 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll.
"We shot well for the entire weekend," Waldorf coach Nigel Jenkins said. "We just weren't good defensively."
During the two games in the ActionCOACH Shootout, opponents attempted 42 more free throws than the Warriors. St. Ambrose went 21-of-32 (66 percent) from the line while Waldorf finished 6-of-13 (46 percent) on Saturday.
"Both games, we committed a lot of silly fouls which led to both teams taking ton of more free-throw attempts than us," Jenkins said.
Michael Morgan led the Warriors with a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of steals. The 6-foot-4 sophomore forward from Charlotte, Tenn. shot 77 percent, going 10-of-13 from the field.
Five players scored in double figures for the Fighting Bees. Tylon Deal poured in 19 points, Paul Beene netted 15 points, Nick Frazier turned in 13 points, Sam Ainsworth finished with 11 points and Darian White had 10 points.
St. Ambrose led 40-26 at halftime and was outscored 46-44 in the second half.
The Fighting Bees knocked down 48 percent of their field-goal attempts, shooting 27-of-56. They went 9-of-18 from downtown while the Warriors finished 6-of-11 (55 percent) from behind the arc.
St. Ambrose owned a 33-29 advantage on the boards.
Offensive production has been there for the Warriors. Locking down on the defensive end and maintaining possession were problematic this weekend. Waldorf committed 17 turnovers against the Fighting Bees after turning the ball over 16 times in Friday's 89-78 loss to Mount Mercy University (3-2).
"We haven't taken care of the basketball these last two games," Jenkins said. "Our first two games, we took care of the ball great."
Turnovers have proved costly for the Warriors, limiting their number of shots in the last two outings.
"We're shooting the ball well, so we've got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball," Jenkins said.
Waldorf looks to bounce back on Tuesday when the Warriors host AIB College of Business (3-1) at 7 p.m.
"They are a very improved program," Jenkins said. "We're going to have to play pretty well to win at home."