MARSHALL, Mo. – For the fourth time this season, the No. 17-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team needed overtime to decide the outcome of a game.
On Wednesday, Missouri Valley College (8-4, 6-3 Heart) overcome a halftime deficit and then held off late push by Benedictine (9-4, 6-3 Heart) to earn a 77-75 win over the Ravens in overtime.
Grant Lahm connected on a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in regulation to pull Benedictine within a point, 66-65, sending the game to the free throw line to decide the final outcome.
After Valley hit 1 of 2 free throws with 18 seconds remaining, the Ravens got ball back and drew a foul with under a second remaining. Andre Yates converted both free throws to pul the game even at 67 and send it into overtime.
Benedictine was never able to pull ahead in the overtime. After pulling even at 70 on a Yates 3-pointer, the Vikings were able to hold off a second push by the Ravens to secure a two-point win.
The first half was all Benedictine as the Ravens converted on 43.8 percent from the floor while holding the Vikings to just 28 percent and 0 for 6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Those two efforts allowed the Ravens to take a 37-18 lead into halftime.
By the midpoint of the second half, the Ravens lead disappeared as the Valley outscored Benedictine 29-10 to pull the game even at 47 points with 10:27 remaining.
Valley held the Ravens to just seven points over the next five minutes to pull ahead by as much as eight points before Benedictine started to work their way back into the game setting up the overtime decision.
The Ravens finished the game at 34.2 percent from the floor after going just 27.3 percent from the floor in the second half and overtime. Valley shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half, which included a 5-for-9 effort from beyond the arc. The Vikings also went to the free throw line 26 times in the second half alone, hitting to 18 to finish the game at 64.7 percent. Benedictine finished the game at 76.9 percent from the free throw line as they converted 7 of 10 in the second half.
Yates finished with 28 points, matching his season high, while Thomas O'Connor gave the Ravens 14 points off the bench. Benedictine finished with a 33-16 advantage in bench scoring as Adam Kutney and Wills Wallrapp added 8 and 6 points off the bench.
Benedictine returns home on Saturday at 2 p.m. to host Heart newcomer Mount Mercy University. Please note the early Saturday tip-off time. Saturday also marks one of the Little Raven Games with the first- through third-graders who participated in the Little Ravens Clinic first semester playing an exhibition at halftime.