BALDWIN CITY – In a battle between Heart rivals, the No. 23-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team earned it first win inside the Collins Center on the Baker University campus for the first time since their trip to Baldwin City during the 2014-2016 season.
In game that the lead changed hands 16 times and battled through 11 ties, Benedictine (8-3, 6-2 Heart) earned a 66-64 win over Baker (5-6, 3-5 Heart).
Thomas O'Connor gave the Ravens their largest lead of the first half at six points when he connected on a 3-pointer near the midpoint of the half to give Benedictine a 15-9 lead.
Baker battled back to eventually take their largest lead of four points before Benedictine regained the lead, 33-29, heading to halftime.
Benedictine built their lead at the half off a 52.2 percent shooting effort from the floor over the first half. They also knocked in 6 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc – the last of which was knocked down by CJ Vallejo with 54 seconds left in the half to push the Ravens lead to four points.
The Ravens maintained their lead in the second half, building as much as an eight-point advantage over the Wildcats before Baker battled back again to pull the game even at 50-50 with just over nine minutes left in the game.
Neither team was able to pull away from the other for the remainder of the game. After the 50-50 tie, the Ravens never led by more than a point until the final shot by Andre Yates with four seconds remaining gave Benedictine a 66-64 lead.
Yates finished with a game-high 22 points to lead the Ravens while O'Connor finished with 13 points to anchor the Ravens bench-scoring effort. The Ravens finished the game hitting 44.9 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Ravens also converted a season-high from the free throw line finishing at 93.3 percent. Benedictine knocked in 14 of 15 at the charity stripe, which included a 11 of 12 effort in the second half.
Benedictine wraps up 2016 at 1 p.m. Wednesday with a game inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium against Grace (Neb.) University. Wednesday's game is a Kids Day Out with the Ravens and admission is also free to all.