The Raven Men's Basketball team connected on 42.1 percent on the night Saturday but the No. 6-ranked William Penn University Statesmen connected on 43.4 percent en route to a 81-68 win over the Ravens.
William Penn (16-2, 9-1 Heart) outscored Benedictine (11-5, 5-5 Heart) 16-5 over a five minute stretch early in the first half and then held off multiple Raven runs to earn a 81-68 win.
John Harris Jr. gave the Ravens an early 6-4 lead that was answered by a pair of Dondre Alexander free throws that tied the game for the final time with just under 16 minutes left in the half.
The Statesman then mounted their 16-5 run that allowed them to pull ahead of the Ravens.
Benedictine didn't back down as they cut their deficit back to single digits five times before the Statesman were able to take a 12-point lead into halftime.
A 3-pointer from Harris Jr., followed by a second-chance basket from Shawn Fleming Jr. inside the first two minutes of the second half cut the Statesman led down to nine points at 41-32 but that was all the closer the Ravens could get over the remainder of the game.
The Ravens had another balanced offensive night with four players reaching double figures. Harris Jr. scored a game-high 20 points with Fleming Jr. adding 14 points. CJ Vallejo scored 12 points off the Ravens bench while Adam Kutney, who earned his first collegiate start, finished with 10 points.
William Penn finished with five players in double figures while shooting 16 of 19 at the free throw line in the second half to keep the Ravens at arm's length.
Benedictine returns to the road for a 7:30 p.m. game in Baldwin City against Baker University before returning home on Jan. 23 to host a 4 p.m. game against Culver-Stockton College as they begin the second half of their conference schedule.