MidAmerica Nazarene University converted on 52.9 percent from the floor on Saturday to earn a 70-64 win over the Raven Men's Basketball team in a battle of NAIA Top 25 opponents.
The Pioneers, who entered the game at No. 21 to the Ravens No. 22 ranking, turned a one-point halftime advantage into a six-point win as they were able to hold of Benedictine (6-3, 1-3 Heart) in the second half.
The Ravens held MNU (8-2, 3-1 Heart) scoreless to start the second half, taking full advantage as they held the lead for nearly the first five minutes of the second half.
From there, the Ravens remained at arm's length but could never get back in front.
Back-to-back free throws by Christian Hatterle with three minutes left in the game pulled Benedictine back within one, 59-58, but that was all the closer the Ravens could get.
MNU connected on 54.2 percent from the floor in the second half while holding the Ravens to just 33.3 percent.
Hatterle led the Ravens in scoring with 16, going 5-of-8 from the field with six rebounds. John Harris Jr. added 12 points and Jake Schannuth put up 10. The team only converted on 9-of-27 from the field in the second half. The Pioneers went 13-of-24 over the same period.
Benedictine (6-3, 1-3 Heart North) has a week off before taking on non-conference Lindenwood University-Belleville on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
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This story was written by Michael French, a student reporter for the Sports Information Office. He can be contacted at [email protected]