Trailing at the half for the second game in a row, the Raven Men's Basketball team turned up the intensity in the second half to earn their sixth straight win.
Benedictine (116-6, 13-5 Heart) held Evangel University (9-13, 6-12 Heart) to just eight field goals in the second half while connecting on 51.7 percent from the floor en route to a 79-65 win.
The Ravens finished with a season high 50 points in the paint as they outscored the Crusaders 50-28 in the paint. After giving up 18 points in the paint in the first half, the Ravens limited the Crusaders to just 10 points in the second half while they scored 22 points in the paint in the second half.
Benedictine led through much of the first 10 minutes of the game but could never pull away from Evangel. The Crusaders took over the lead with just under 11 minutes left in the half and while Benedictine pulled the game in a tie three times over the remainder of the first half, they could never pull back ahead.
Evangel led by as much as seven points before a last-second 3-pointer pushed their lead to eight points, 41-33, at the half.
Benedictine hit 57.7 percent from the floor in the first half while Evangel knocked in 48.4 percent. The Ravens went without a 3-pointer over the first 20 minutes of play while the Crusaders won the battle at the free throw line converting on 7 of 10 while Benedictine went 3 of 3.
The Ravens came out in the second half ready to play. Benedictine opened up the half on a 13-3 run that erased their halftime deficit and allowed them to take a 46-44 lead off a Connor Fleming basket with 14:24 left in the second half.
Benedictine continued to come up with stops defensively and paired that with timely offense pulling ahead by as much as 11 points midway through the half. Defensively, the Ravens limited the Crusaders to just seven points through the first 10:44 of the second half.
Evangel closed the Ravens lead down to eight points with 2:10 left to play and began to foul the Ravens in an effort to extend the game. Benedictine answered the call as they went 6 for 6 at the free line over the final 1:47 of play.
Andre Yates finished with 19 points to lead three Ravens in double figures. After scoring 27 points in the first meeting with Evangel back in November, Adam Kutney had another solid outing on Monday finishing with 17 off a 5-for-5 effort from the floor and a 7-for-7 effort at the free throw line. CJ Vallejo provided a spark off the bench with 10 points as the Ravens finished with a 23-16 advantage in bench scoring.
Entering play Monday, Evangel's Richard Chapman had averaged 17.5 points per game in five career games against the Ravens. He was limited to 4 points off 1 of 9 from the floor. The Ravens limited the Crusaders to 12 points under their season average while Monday also marked the 12th time in 16 wins this season that Benedictine held their opponent to 65 points of fewer.
The Ravens go for the regular-season split on Thursday as they host MNU at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers earned a 66-54 win over the Ravens back on Dec. 1. MNU beat Avila 72-64 at home on Monday night.