Trailing by double figures midway through the second half, the Raven Men's Basketball team battled back to pull within one point inside the final 90 seconds of the game.
Despite pulling within a point twice inside the final 1:18 of the game, Benedictine (10-5, 7-4 Heart) couldn't break through as Grand View (10-3, 9-2 Heart) hit six straight free throws to hold off the Ravens 80-75.
Andre Yates paced the Ravens with a season high 34 points, which included the final eight points of the night for the Ravens.
For the second straight game, the Ravens found themselves facing one of the top scoring offenses in the Heart. Grand View entered play as the No. 3-scoring team in the conference with a 85.6 average. For the second straight game, the Ravens held their opponent under their season average but this time, they couldn't overcome a slow start to the night.
Thomas O'Connor's basket with 15 minutes left in the half gave Benedictine a 9-7 lead but it was short lived as Grand View took over the lead for the rest of the first half. The Ravens were able to stay in the game but the Vikings were able to keep them at arm's length through halftime.
Benedictine hit 11 field gosls in the first half but was limited to just 28.2 percent from the floor with just two 3-pointers while Grand View used 15 field goals and a 42.9 percent effort to build a 36-29 lead at the half.
The Ravens pulled back within four points inside the first five minutes of the second half as they traded baskets with the Vikings but from that point, Grand View outscored Benedictine 16-6 over the next three minutes to push their largest lead of the game at 14 points, 59-45.
Benedictine didn't back down, continuing to battle back as they pulled within two possessions of Grand View with four minutes left in the game.
The Ravens outscored the Vikings 46-44 in the second half as they hit 43.2 percent from the floor in the second half.
Defensively, the Ravens forced the Vikings into 16 turnovers while committing just seven of their own. That led to a 13-12 advantage in points off turnovers.
Benedictine hits the road for another test as they travel to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to take on No. 4 William Penn University. They return home for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday with Culver-Stockton College.