Playing their fourth game in 10 days, the Raven Men's Basketball team scored 21 points off 19 Peru State turnovers en route to a 67-65 win over the Bobcats.
Benedictine (7-3, 5-2 Heart) bounced back from an off night Thursday in a loss to MNU with a 39.7 percent effort as they earned the win over Peru State (4-6, 3-4 Heart).
Not only was Saturday's game the fourth in 10 days for the Ravens it was also their fourth straight game against either a NAIA-ranked opponent or an opponent receiving votes in the NAIA poll.
Peru State scored the first two points of the night and after Andre Yates pulled the game even, Benedictine outscored Peru State 10-2 to pull ahead by eight points with 15 minutes left in the first half. The Bobcats were able to close their deficit back down to one point only to have Benedictine move back ahead by as much as nine points when Thomas O'Connor knocked in a 3-pointer with just over eight minutes left in the half.
That lead proved to be the Ravens largest of the first half as they took a 36-33 lead into halftime.
Benedictine came out clicking on offense to start the second half. After Peru State closed within one point, the Ravens answered with a 11-0 run to pull ahead by 12 points. The run was capped off by another 3-pointer, this time from CJ Vallejo.
Adam Kutney gave Ravens their largest led of the night with pair of free throw at the 11:43 mark to push the Ravens lead up to 52-37.
Peru State gradually chipped away at the Benedictine lead but they were never to pull ahead. The Bobcats tied the game with just over one minute remaining. A heads up play by Jake Shannuth with 23 seconds left in the game pushed the Ravens ahead by four points, which proved to be a big key down the stretch. After AJ Goss missed the front end of a bonus free throw attempt, only Schannuth reacted and he was able to stick it back in uncontested. The three-man officiating crew got together and ruled that the play was allowed and Schannuth's basket stood.
Andre Yates made the second of a two-shot free throw with six seconds remaining and the last-second 3-pointer from Peru's Matej Delinac hit the back of the rim and the Ravens were able to hold on for the win.
Yates finished with a game-high 24 points as three Ravens finished in double figures. Vallejo added 13 points on 2 of 3 3-pointers and five field goals while Kutney added 10 points off the bench.
Benedictine takes off next week returning to action on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. with a trip to Baldwin City to take on Baker University.