On the year, the No. 11-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team has held their opponents to an average of 39 percent from the floor. On Thursday night the Ravens held Baker University to just 36.6 percent from the floor en route to a 53-49 win and their 20th win of the season.
Benedictine (20-5, 9-4 Heart) limited Baker (8-15, 2-11 Heart) to just 15 total field goals as they held pace in second place in the Heart standings with five games remaining.
The win gave Benedictine's its ninth 20-win season in the program's 94-year history and marks the third time over that span the program has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons.
On Thursday night, the Ravens led wire-to-wire against the Wildcats.
Benedictine outscored Baker 14-3 over the first five minutes of the game and never looked back.
After building as much as a 13-point lead in the first half, the Ravens advantage was cut down to seven points, 28-21, at the half.
Benedictine maintained their lead throughout the second half. After Baker closed the gap to one point, 38-37, with just over eight minutes remaining, Benedictine responded with a 13-3 run to pull back ahead by double figures with just under three minutes left in the game.
The game remained close down the stretch but Benedictine never allowed Baker to pull any closer than four points as they earned the regular-season sweep over the Wildcats.
Three Ravens scored in double figures, led by the 14 points of Jallen Messersmith. Messersmith converted on 6 of 6 at the free throw line while also tallying four blocks on the night. Jonathan Anaekwe and Connor Fleming scored 10 points each to round out the Ravens top scorers.
Benedictine hits the road on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match up with MNU. The Ravens took the first game of the season match up on Jan. 10, 81-45. MNU fell to No. 22-ranked Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday night, 69-67, snapping the Pioneers winning streak at four games.