MARSHALL, Mo. – The Missouri Valley College Vikings connected on 18 of 24 from the charity stripe on Saturday to hold off a late push by the No. 17-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team and earned a 77-76 win over Benedictine.
Benedictine (21-7, 10-6 Heart) outscored Missouri Valley (16-10, 10-6 Heart) 43-42 in the second half but could never break through in the second half against the Vikings.
The two teams went back and forth early and after pulling even for the fifth time with 12 minutes left in the half, Benedictine went on a 11-3 run that pushed them in front, 23-15 with just over nine minutes remaining in the half.
Valley gradually chipped away at the Benedictine lead and after the sixth tie of the first half, outscored the Ravens 9-7 to take a 35-33 lead into halftime.
The Vikings held the lead from the start of the second half but could never put away the Ravens.
Christian Hatterle cut the Ravens deficit to 50-48 with just over 12 minutes left in the game which would be all the closer the Ravens would get into the final 10 seconds of the game.
After Benedictine pulled within a bucket, Missouri Valley surged back ahead by as much as 12 points before the Ravens mounted their comeback effort.
Trailing by 12 points with three minutes, Benedictine went on 17-7 run that was capped off by John Harris Jr. with eight seconds remaining as the Ravens trimmed their deficit back to two, 75-73.
Two free throws with five seconds left in the game allowed the Vikings to escape with the win as a last-second 3-pointer from Jake Schannuth cut the score to 77-76 as time expired.
Benedictine returns home for a 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday as they host Culver-Stockton College. Thursday marks the Ravens annual Senior Day with the members of this year's Senior class honored between the women's and men's games.