MARSHALL, Mo. – Missouri Valley College (4-4, 1-2 Heart) used 20 second-half free throws and 15 field goals to turn a one-point game at the half into a 83-68 upset over the No. 22-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team on Wednesday night.
Benedictine (6-2, 1-2 Heart) only attempted 14 free throws throughout the game, converting on six while the Vikings hit 20 of 27 alone in the second half.
The difference at the half was eight free throws by Missouri Valley as the Ravens converted one more field goal and one more 3-pointer over the first 20 minutes of play.
After Jake Schannuth gave the Ravens a 39-38 lead in the first three minutes of the second half, the Vikings went on to outscore Benedictine 45-29 to earn the win.
Even with the cold second half, the Ravens remained within striking distance as they never trailed by more than 12 until late in the game.
Schannuth added another 3-pointer with three minutes left in the game to pull Benedictine within five points, 68-63, but that was all the closer the Ravens would get.
The Ravens finished the game at 41.7 percent from the field while the Vikings finished at 48.1 percent.
The Ravens return home on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against No. 21 MNU. Admission is free to anyone who brings an unwrapped, unopened toy to the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium as Saturday marks the Ravens annual Toys for Tots Drive. All toys will be given to the Atchison chapter of the Salvation Army and will be distributed to children in the Atchison area to help make Christmas brighter this season.