Baker University (12-14, 8-11 Heart) used a 53.5 percent shooting effort on Wednesday night to earn the regular-season over the Raven Men's Basketball team for just the fourth time in 24 seasons.
Benedictine (14-11, 8-11 Heart) was limited to just nine first-half field goals while they finished the game at 35.7 percent from the floor as the Wildcats earned a 79-62 win.
Jake Schannuth gave the Ravens an early lead on Benedictine's first possession of the game only to see Baker answer with a 14-2 run that lasted four minutes and pushed the Wildcats ahead by 10 points with 15 minutes left in the first half.
Austin Eckert converted one of his four 3-pointers minutes later to cut the Ravens deficit down to six points which was all the closer the Ravens could get in the first half. After falling behind by as much as 14 points, Benedictine pulled back within six points again late in the half off a 3-pointer from Shawn Fleming Jr. before the Wildcats pushed back ahead by double figures to take a 36-25 lead into the half.
A pair of Adam Kutney free throws with 16:40 left in the game close the Ravens deficit down to six points once again but that was all the closer the Ravens would get the rest of the game.
Baker used a 57.9 percent effort from the floor in the second half along with a 17-of-21 effort at the free throw line to pull away from Benedictine in the second half.
Benedictine finished the game with a 15-7 advantage in second chance points off 15 offensive rebounds.
Eckert scored a game-high 17 points off the bench for the Ravens. He went 4 for 8 from beyond the arc as he accounted for 40 percent of the Ravens total 3-pointers. Fleming Jr. and CJ Vallejo scored 11 points each to round out the Ravens top scorers.
The Ravens return to the road for their next two Heart games. They travel to Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game with No. 10 William Penn University. William Penn beat Benedictine 81-68 back on Jan. 16.