On a night that went back and forth in a game that saw three ties and 10 lead changes, the Raven Men's Basketball team knocked down shots when it counted to earn a regular-season split against Avila University.
Benedictine (14-10, 8-10 Heart) went 5 of 6 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes of the game to set up the go-ahead basket by Jake Schannuth with two seconds remaining as they knocked off Avila (17-9, 10-8 Heart) to earn a 67-65 win.
Benedictine came out strong offensively as they led from the start of the game eventually pulling ahead by as much as 11 points before Avila was able to make a run of their own.
Avila outscored Benedictine 10-1 over the final five minutes of the first half to trail the Ravens by one, 26-25, at the half.
Sedrick Johnson gave the Eagles their first lead of the night seconds in the second half and then traded baskets with Schannuth to set the tone for the rest of the second half.
After Schannuth knocked in a 3-pointer with 17:45 left in the game, the Ravens took back over the lead 10:30 of the game before the Eagles took the lead back.
From that point, neither team could pull away as the lead changed hands five time while the two teams played through two more ties before Schannuth's shot put the Ravens back in front.
Benedictine connected on 75 percent from the charity stripe, knocking in 12 of 16 in the second half. They also hit 50 percent from the floor with five 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes.
Schannuth finished with 18 points off 7 of 8 shooting with three 3-pointers. Shawn Fleming Jr. added 11 points while CJ Vallejo anchored a Raven bench-scoring effort that outscored Avila 26-15 with 11 points.
The Ravens remain at home Wednesday hosting a 7:30 p.m. game against Heart rival Baker University. The Wildcats earned a 76-71 win over the Ravens in Baldwin City back on Jan. 20. Baker lost to Culver-Stockton College on Saturday and sits a game behind the Ravens in the Heart standings heading into play on Wednesday night.