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Robbie Brooks banked in a 3 and gave a simple shrug.

It was that kind of night for Governors State. It was that kind of night for St. Ambrose.

The Fighting Bees had no answer for the hot-shooting Jaguars, falling 96-71 Wednesday night at Lee Lohman Arena.

Governors State shot 56.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from behind the 3-point line in the game, pulling away in a game that was close for much of the first half.

"That didn't help us," St. Ambrose head coach Ray Shovlain said. "There were a couple that I thought were wide open, but for the most part, I really thought we had fairly efficient 'D.' There's not much you can do about it."

Justin Siorek did most of the damage from behind the arc, going 5 for 6 and finishing with 15 points. Jalen Miller scored a team-high 18 points to lead five Jaguars (6-5, 4-0 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) in double figures.

The Fighting Bees hung with the Jaguars in the first half, largely thanks to their offensive rebounding. The Bees had 12 offensive boards in the first half, leading to 13 second-chance points. St. Ambrose trailed 32-28 with four minutes left in the first half, but the Jaguars closed out the half on a 14-4 run to build a 46-32 halftime lead.

From there, the sharpshooting Jaguars kept building on their lead, taking advantage of some hurried possessions from the Bees, who had 16 turnovers in the game.

"We just can't shy away from them when they're so successful," said Bees senior guard Lee Hardrick, who led the Bees with 19 points. "In the second half we kind of deviated a little bit, instead of running our plays all the way through. That's what really works for us and makes us effective. We've got to buckle down and really run the plays, do what makes us good and stick with it the whole time."

The Bees outrebounded the Jaguars 44-37 in the game but struggled defensively, committing 20 fouls. The Jaguars capitalized with an additional 10 points from the free throw line, though the Bees also took advantages of their free throw opportunities, going 14-of-23 on the night. St. Ambrose shot 39.7 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from the 3-point line.

John Kerr added 11 points and Jake Meeske contributed 10 points for the Bees (5-5, 1-3), who next take on Cardinal Stritch on Saturday. With two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup, experiences like Wednesday night can help grow the team as the season progresses.

"We've got a very young team this year and we still think we'll be very good at the end of the season. So this is kind of a good test for us," Shovlain said. "We're going to continue to get better and better, we just sometimes deviate a little too quickly from what we're trying to do and that's just a lack of experience."

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Sports reporter for the Quad-City Times