FAYETTE, Mo. – The Raven Men's Basketball team won their fourth straight game on Wednesday night as they earned a five-point win over Central Methodist University.
For the eighth time in their past eight wins, Benedictine (14-6, 11-5 Heart) held an opponent to 65 points or fewer as they earned a 66-61 win over Central Methodist (11-9, 8-8 Heart).
Over their four-game winning streak, the Ravens have limited their opponents to just 59.3 points per game as they continued to lead the Heart in scoring defense by limiting their opponents to 68.2 ppg in 20 games.
On Wednesday, the Ravens came out cold offensive. The started the game 1 of 11 from the floor and trailed by as much seven points before they started to find the bottom of the net.
Benedictine closed out the first half hitting 9 of 15 from the floor while using a 12-2 run that was capped off by a Jake Schannuth 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the half to erase their deficit and take a 33-26 lead into halftime.
Defensively, the Ravens held the Eagles to just eight first-half field goals and 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Benedictine never trailed in the second half. The Ravens pushed ahead to a nine-point lead on a pair of free throws from Connor Fleming with 14:42 left in the game and while CMU would pull within a possession over the final 14 minutes of play, whenever they pulled close enough to grab a lead, Benedictine answered.
The Ravens went 6 of 8 from the free throw line over the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the win and the regular-season split with the Eagles. Benedictine finished the game at 74.1 percent from the charity stripe as they knocked in 20 of 27 free throws.
Three Ravens finished the night in double figures led by Schannuth with 17 hitting three 3-pointers while going 6 of 7 at the free throw line. Andre Yates added 16 points – 14 of which came in the second half – as he hit six field goals while going 4 for 6 at the line. Adam Kutney rounded out the double figure scorers with 11 points and 9 rebounds while Fleming finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds as he hit 5 of 6 at the line.
Defensively, the Ravens held CMU to just 32.8 percent from the floor with six 3-pointers – both numbers below their season average.
The Ravens wrap up their road trip on Saturday with a trip to Dubuque, Iowa, to face off with Heart newcomer Clarke University. The two schools met for the first time back on Nov. 19 in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium where the Ravens earned a 81-70 win. Clarke earned a 82-69 win over Culver-Stockton College on Wednesday to move to 7-12 overall and 5-10 in the Heart.