Four the third time in their last four game, the Raven Men's Basketball team converted over 50 percent from the floor en route to a 77-65 win over Culver-Stockton College on Saturday.
Benedictine (12-6, 6-6 Heart) knocked in 52.9 percent from the floor while limiting Culver-Stockton (8-12, 4-8 Heart) to just nine second-half field goals as they earned a regular-season split with the Wildcats.
Culver-Stockton scored the first basket of the game, a 3-pointer by Marques Pool just 16 seconds in the game. John Harris Jr. answered with his own 3-pointer, that was followed by a basket from Christian Hatterle and a 3-pointer from CJ Vallejo that pushed the Ravens up 8-5 over the Wildcats with just under 17 minutes left in the first half.
Benedictine never trailed for the remainder of the game, building as much as a 11-point lead in the first half before taking a 43-35 lead into the break.
Culver-Stockton used a 12-2 run out of the break to close the Ravens halftime advantage and pull even at 47-all with 13:49 left in the game.
After matching each other offensive. a 3-pointer from Thomas O'Connor with 10:53 remaining in the game sparked a 11-4 run for the Ravens that allowed Benedictine to pull back ahead by 11 points.
Benedictine went 6 for 9 at the charity stripe over the final three minutes of the game combined another Vallejo 3-pointer 58 seconds allowed the Ravens to put the game out of reach.
Four Ravens scored in double figures, led by Hatterle's 12-point effort. It was the second straight double-figure effort for Hatterle as he went 4 of 7 from the floor and 4 for 4 at the charity stripe. Vallejo, Shawn Fleming Jr., and Jake Schannuth each scored 11 points each to round out the Raven double figure scorers while O'Connor added nine points off a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc.
The Ravens hit the road for their next two games as they continued the second half of the Heart schedule. They travel to Peru, Neb., on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game against Peru State College before traveling to Olathe on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game with MNU.