The No. 24-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team extended their winning streak to seven games on Thursday night while snapping a four-game losing streak to MNU.
Benedictine (17-6, 14-5 Heart) used seven second-half 3-pointers and a 53.8 effort from the floor in the second half to erase a five-point halftime deficit en route to a 84-80 win over MNU (11-11, 10-8 Heart).
After going 9 of 11 from the free throw line, the Ravens added a 14-for-18 effort at the charity stripe to finish the game at 79.3 percent marking their fifth straight game with a free throw percentage at 70 percent or higher.
MNU built their halftime lead in large part due to their 53.3 percent shooting effort over the first 20 minutes of play. The Pioneers led for the first 13 minutes of the game before Benedictine pulled even at 16 points. From their the Ravens took over the lead for the majority of the next nine minutes of play. The Pioneers pulled ahead by one point three times in that stretch but Benedictine answered to regain the lead. MNU closed the half with five straight points to pull ahead headed into halftime.
Jake Schannuth pull the game to its seventh tie inside the first two minutes of the second half and then gave the Ravens a 3-point lead on their next possession. It was a lead they would never give back.
By the mid point of the second half, the Ravens had pushed their lead to 12 points as they connected on their first seven 3-pointers of the second half. From their, the Pioneers outscored the Ravens 11-3 over the next four minutes of play to pull with two points.
The Pioneers limited the Ravens to just four field goals over the final five minutes of the game but the Ravens stepped up a the free throw line as they went 7 of 8 at the charity stripe over that time period to keep the Pioneers at arm's length.
Four Ravens finished in double figures, led by the game-high 24 points of Andre Yates. He was one of six Ravens to attempt at least four free throws on the night knocking in all four to go along with nine field goals. Schannuth finished with 16 going 4 for 4 at the free throw line and 2 for 2 from beyond the arc. Christian Hatterle sparked the Ravens off the bench finishing with 13 points on four free throws and four field goals while Thomas O'Connor added 12 points knocking in his two 3-point attempts to go with a 4-for-5 effort at the charity stripe.
The Ravens hit the road on Saturday for a 4 p.m game in Peru, Neb., against Peru State University. Benedictine earned a 67-65 win over the Bobcats in the first meeting of the season back on Dec. 3.