DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Raven Men's Basketball team used a 41-point second half to overcome a eight-point halftime deficit on Saturday against Clarke University to wrap up their three-game road swing with a win.
Benedictine (15-6, 12-5 Heart) hit 46.7 percent from the field in the second half to outscore Clarke (7-13, 5-11 Heart) 41-29 in the second half en route to a 67-63 win.
The Ravens held a four-point lead inside the first four minutes of the game before the Crusaders were able to take over the lead.
Clarke jumped ahead by as much as eight points before Benedictine closed back within four only to see the Crusaders regain their advantage and take an eight-point lead into halftime.
Trailing by 10 points with 14 minutes left in the game, the Ravens used a 10-0 run to erase their deficit and pull the game into its fourth tie at 44 points off a 3-pointer from Thomas O'Connor with seven minutes left to play.
Back-to-back baskets from Connor Fleming gave the Ravens back the lead with five minutes left to play and Benedictine never gave that lead up.
Another 3-pointer from Grant Lahm pushed the Ravens to their largest lead of the day at six points, 62-56 with just over 90 seconds left to play and from that point, the Ravens went 5 of 6 at the free throw line to seal the win.
The win pushes the Ravens winning streak to five. Defensively, the Ravens held their opponent to fewer than 65 points for the fifth straight game and the sixth time this month.
Andre Yates led the Ravens in scoring with a game-high 18 points while O'Connor finished with 11 points as he finished 4 for 4 from the floor and 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. Jake Schannuth added 10 points to wrap up the Ravens double-figure scorers. Benedictine finished with a 23-13 advantage off the bench anchored by Fleming's 8 points while Lahm added 6.
Benedictine returns home for a 7:30 p.m. game on Monday as they host Evangel University. Benedictine earned a 89-70 win over Evangel back on Nov. 22 in Springfield, Mo.