OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The Raven Men's Basketball team hit 55.1 percent from the floor on Saturday against No. 10 William Penn University but in the end, the Statesmen were able to overcome the Ravens hot shooting to earn a 82-77 win.
Benedictine (14-12, 8-12 Heart) connected on 56 percent in the first half while holding William Penn (22-6, 15-5 Heart) to just 34.4 percent.
The Ravens used their first-half shooting effort to take a 41-33 lead into halftime.
Benedictine opened the second half outscoring William Penn 12-7 to pull ahead by 13 points inside the first five minutes of the half. The maintained a double-figure lead through the midpoint of the second half before William Penn started to battle back.
After Christian Hatterle gave the Ravens a 58-48 lead with 10:22 remaining in the game, the Statesmen outscored the Ravens 18-8 over the next six minutes of the game to pull the score even at 66.
The game played through two more ties before William Penn was able to take the lead for good inside the final two minutes of the game.
Thomas O'Connor led the Ravens with a career high 22 points. He went 7 of 8 from the floor while knocking in 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. Jake Schannuth scored 15 points while Shawn Fleming Jr. added 11 points.
The Ravens converted on 54.5 percent from beyond the arc knocking in 6 of 12 in the first half and 6 of 10 in the second half.
Benedictine returns to the road on Wednesday as they head to Des Moines, Iowa, for a 7:30 p.m. game against Grand View University.