For the first time in three games, the Raven Men's Basketball team took to the friendly confines of the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
To the delight of the Raven faithful, Benedictine treated the home crowd to a 82-57 win over Avila University to open up their Heart of America Athletic Conference schedule with a win.
Benedictine (3-0, 1-0 Heart) outscored Avila (0-3, 0-1 Heart) 32-20 in the paint and 34-22 off the bench en route to the 25-point win.
With their 82-point effort, the Ravens have now reached the 80-point plateau in two of their first three games of the season.
After trailing 6-3 within the first three minutes of the game, the Ravens went on a run to erase their deficit and extend their lead into double figures. Benedictine outscored Avila 30-9 over the next 11 minute of to erase their three-point deficit and pull ahead by 18 points.
The Ravens pushed ahead by as much as 19 points in the first half before take a 43-30 lead into the half.
A 3-pointer from Jake Schannuth in the early seconds of the second half pulled the Ravens ahead by 16 points as Avila cut their deficit down to 13 on their first basket of the half. That would be all the closer the Eagles would get as the built as much as a 32 point lead en route to the 25-point win.
The Ravens finished at 50.8 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc. They connected on over 50 percent from both in the second half.
Schannuth led all scorers with 20 points as he connected on 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. Andre Yates finished with 14 points to round out the Ravens double figure scorers. In all, 16 players saw the floor in the win for Benedictine with 13 getting into the scoring column.
Benedictine returns to the road for a Wednesday conference match up in Lamoni, Iowa at 7:30 p.m. against Graceland University. They return home on Nov. 19 to host Heart newcomer Clarke University. Please note there is a special tip time between the Ravens and the Crusaders as the game is scheduled for 2 p.m.