BALDWIN CITY – The Baker University Wildcats converted on 51.9 percent from beyond the arc on Wednesday night as they held off a late offensive push by the Raven Men's Basketball team to earn a 76-71 win.
Benedictine (11-6, 5-6 Heart) made more second-half field goals and one more second-half 3-pointer than Baker (9-9, 5-6 Heart) but the Wildcats converted on 12 of 14 at the charity stripe over the final 20 minutes of the game to hold off the Ravens.
Thanks in large part to four of their eight first-half 3-pointers, Baker jumped out to a 15-5 lead over Benedictine by the 11 minutes mark of the opening half.
Benedictine gradually chipped away at their deficit pulling within five points at the break, 34-29, after Shawn Fleming Jr. hit a pair of free throws with 31 second left in the first half.
CJ Vallejo converted the first field goal fo the second half for the Ravens to pull them within three points inside the first eight seconds of the half and from there, the two teams went back an fourth matching each other on the offensive end.
Baker pushed their advantage back to 10 points with just over 13 minutes left in the game before the Ravens outscored the Wildcats 12-5 over the five minutes to once again pull within three points.
Benedictine pulled within three points two more times before cutting their deficit to just two points with 14 seconds remaining.
A free throw from Baker's Tyrome Parker with 13 seconds remaining and two more free throws from Nathan Guscott with one second allowed the Wildcats to hold off the second-half push by the Ravens and finish off the win.
The 14 3-pointers made by Baker matched a season high for the Wildcats, who averaged 9.4 heading into play with the Ravens.
Wednesday's game wraps up the first half of the Heart schedule as they Ravens turn their sites on the second half of the Heart schedule on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game agianst Culver-Stockton College. Culver-Stockton earned a 77-70 win over the Ravens in Canton, Mo., back on Nov. 21.