KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Despite a 54.2 percent shooting effort in the second half on Saturday afternoon, the Raven Men's Basketball team fell to Avila University, 90-77.
Avila (10-4, 4-3 Heart) used a 48.3 percent shooting effort to jump ahead of Benedictine (9-4, 3-4 Heart) early on the first half and fought off several runs by the Ravens to earn the win.
After falling behind by as much as 13 points, the Ravens cut their deficit down to seven points before the Eagles were able to take a 39-30 lead into halftime.
Defensively, the Eagles limited Ravens to 8 of 27 from the field but couldn't keep Benedictine from getting the charity stripe as the Ravens converted on 11 of 19 from the free throw line over the first half.
Avila came out strong to start the second half and pushed their lead to double figures, an advantage that the Ravens could never cut into.
Benedictine also was solid from beyond the arc in the second half, converting on 7 of 15 while also knocking down 14 of 19 at the free throw line.
The Ravens finished with three players in double figures, led by the 23 points of Jake Schannuth. Schannuth hit seven field goals and went 7 of 9 at the charity stripe. Austin Eckert was close behind with a career high 21 points. Eckert used a career night from beyond the arc hitting 7 of 11. John Harris Jr., finished with 14 points matching Schannuth's effort at the charity stripe.
The Ravens remain on the road Monday night as they head to Fayette, Mo., to take on Central Methodist University at 7:30 p.m.