Not only was the Raven Men's Basketball team looking to send their two Seniors out with a win on Senior Day on Saturday, the Ravens were also playing for Heart Postseason Tournament seeding as they looked to earn the regular-season sweep Central Methodist University.
After trailing four different times in the second half, the last time for almost 11 minutes, Benedictine (15-13, 9-13 Heart) battled back from as much as a nine-point deficit to earn a 75-73 win over CMU (15-15, 9-13 Heart) and clinch up a spot in the postseason.
As a result of the win, the Ravens and Eagles finished in a three-way tie for sixth place in the final Heart standings. After all tie-breakers were applied, the Ravens finished on top of the tie and earned the sixth seed in next week's Heart Postseason Tournament.
On Saturday, the Ravens trailed by nine points, 57-48, with 9:55 left in the game. Benedictine gradually chipped away at their deficit until a 3-pointer from Shawn Fleming Jr. with 1:22 remaining pushed the Ravens in front, 73-72.
Fleming's 3-pointer proved to be the final field goal of the game as the two teams exchanged free throws in the final three seconds of play.
Jake Schannuth converted two free throws with 3.8 remaining in the game to push Benedictine ahead by three before CMU hit one of two with one second remaining. CMU intentionally missed the second free throw but were unable to pull in the rebound as time expired.
Benedictine used a 53.3 percent shooting effort in the first half to lead by four points, 37-33, headed into halftime. That four points proved to be the Ravens largest lead. The game ended with playing through 10 ties and 17 lead changes.
While CMU finished the second half with the shooting edge from the floor - 48.1 percent to 40.9 percent - the Ravens went to the free throw line 14 times in the second half, converted on 13 to finished the game at 92.9 percent - the team's second-best effort from the charity stripe this season.
Fleming Jr. finished with a game-high 19 points while Schannuth added 16. Thomas O'Connor finished with 14 points to round out the Ravens top scorers.
Benedictine travels back to Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against No. 3 seed William Penn University.