Heading into play on Saturday afternoon, the Raven Men's Basketball team led the Heart in scoring defense while their opponent, the Mount Mercy University Mustangs, entered play with one of the top-five scoring offenses in the conference.
Benedictine (10-4, 7-3 Heart) held Mount Mercy (7-6, 6-4 Heart) to season lows in total points and field goals as the Ravens earned a 77-57 win over the Mustangs.
Through 13 games this season, the Ravens gave up an average of 68.9 points per game while through 12 games, the Mustangs were ranked fifth in the Heart with a 83.6 points per game average.
Benedictine limited Mount Mercy to 15.6 percent from the floor in the first half off just five field goals – two of which were 3-pointers. Meanwhile, the Ravens used a 51.5 percent shooting effort to score their highest point total at the half this season as they took a 47-20 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Mustangs were able to convert 14 field goals and six 3-pointers but just couldn't overcome their cold first half as they finished the game with a season-low shooting effort at 27.9.
Defensively, the Ravens forced the Mustangs into 12 turnovers which led to a 16-6 advantage for Benedictine in points off turnovers.
Benedictine cooled off from the floor in the second half but still finished the game at 45.5 percent a full percentage point above their season average.
Two Ravens finished in double figures in scoring, led by the game high 19 points of Andre Yates. AJ Goss added 13 points to round out the double figure scorers for Benedictine. Goss also helped anchor the defensive effort with a new season high in steals with five as the Ravens finished one off their season high with 10 total steals.
Benedictine host Grand View University at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night back inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium. The Vikings beat Missouri Valley College on Saturday 84-76 in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.