It was all Ravens from tip-off to buzzer, as the Benedictine Men's Basketball team put itself back in the win column with a dominating 76-53 victory against Lindenwood University-Belleville Saturday afternoon.
In a defensive gem, Benedictine (7-3) were limited LU-Belleville (4-7) to two points through the opening 13 minutes of play. The Ravens started relatively slow on offense as well, putting up only 11 points over that same period.
Lindenwood shot 26.09 percent from the field in the first half and converted on only 5-11 free throw attempts. Benedictine shot 45.45 percent and converted on 9-10 from the line. They stretched their advantage to a 22-point, 41-19 lead at the break.
The Ravens continued to put pressure on the Lynx throughout the second half, never allowing Lindenwood within 13. Benedictine out-rebounded the opposition 47-30 and forced 18 turnovers by the Lynx which led directly to 14 points.
John Harris Jr. put up 14 points on the afternoon, going 6 for 6 from the field with seven rebounds. Jake Schannuth scored 12 points and grabbed five boards. Offensively, the Ravens converted 28-53 shots from the field and 13-17 from the the charity stripe. The Lynx only managed a 29.8 field goal percentage with 17 field goals while converting on 13 of 23 in free throws.
Benedictine finished with the advantage in the paint, outscoring LU-Belleville 34-18.
The non-con match up with the Lynx wraps up the 2014 portion of the schedule for the Ravens. They take off from game action until Jan. 2 when they host a Heart match up with Evangel University at 4 p.m.
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This story was written by Michael French, a student reporter for the Sports Information Office. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.