OLATHE – In six games this season leading up to Thursday night's Heart showdown with the Raven Men's Basketball team, No. 8 MNU had averaged 79.2 points per game.
Despite holding the Pioneers to a new season low, Benedictine (6-3, 4-2 Heart) couldn't overtime an off night offensively as MNU (4-2, 3-2 Heart) earned a 66-54 win.
MNU came out on fire, knocking in 50 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes of the game to take a 34-25 lead over the Ravens into the break.
After falling behind by as much as 12 points late in the first half, the Ravens seized the momentum early in the second half outscoring the Pioneers 10-2 in the first five minutes of the game to pull within a point. The Pioneers answered that run with a 12-0 run of their own to turn a one-point game into a 13-point lead by the midway point of the second half.
Benedictine held MNU to just 26.9 percent from the floor in the second half but the Pioneers were able to overcome that shooting effort converting on 15 of 20 at the free throw line.
The Ravens won the advantage in points off turnovers, 13-9, and second chance points, 12-9, while also gaining the edge off the bench, 35-30.
Kutney was the only Raven in double figures, as he anchored the Ravens off the bench with a game-high 15 points. Thomas O'Connor was next, also off the bench, with nine points.
Benedictine returns home on Saturday at 4 p.m. to take on Peru State College. Be sure to bring an unopened toy to donate to the Ravens annual Toys for Tots drive at the gate. Admission is free with the donation of the toy.