The No. 24-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team converted on 16 second-half free throws while making their final six inside the final 47 seconds to seal their ninth straight win.
Benedictine (19-6, 16-5 Heart) connected on 80.6 percent from the free throw line while holding Missouri Valley (12-11, 10-10 Heart) to 14 points below their season average en route to a 75-66 win.
The win allowed the Ravens to earn a regular-season split with the Vikings while snapping a five-game losing streak to Missouri Valley.
Wednesday's game was a game of swings for both teams. The Ravens went on the upswing first to pull ahead by seven points inside the first six minutes of the game. The Vikings responded with a 10-0 run that allowed them to pull ahead by as much as three only then for the Ravens use an 11-0 run to pull back in front by eight points with just over six minutes left in the half.
Benedictine couldn't pull away and after briefly falling behind inside the final 3:30 of the half, the battled through two more ties before taking a 32-30 lead into halftime after Jake Schannuth hit a last-second bucket.
The Ravens jumped out of the gate in the second half, sparked by a par of free throws and a fast break basket from Adam Kutney inside the first minute of the half.
Defensively, the Ravens limited the Vikings to just eight points over the first seven minutes of the second half, which allowed Benedictine to build its first double-digit lead, 48-38.
The Vikings took over the momentum again in another swing that allowed Missouri Valley to cut the Benedictine lead to four points, 50-46, with 8:30 left to play. Benedictine responded by outscoring Missouri Valley 14-2 over the next four minutes to push their lead to their largest of the night at 16.
Missouri Valley didn't go down without a fight and turned up the defensive pressure to take back the momentum for another swing in their favor. They erased their double-digit deficit and pulled within three twice before electing to trade free throws for field goals. The Ravens responded hitting 6 of 9 over the last 90 seconds of the game to seal the win.
Thomas O'Connor led the Ravens in scoring, setting a new career high, as he finished with 23 points. He became the eighth player to lead the team in scoring this season after hitting six field goals, which included five 3-pointers, and going 6 for 6 at the free throw line. Kutney finished with 17 off an 11-of-13 effort at the free throw line.
Benedictine remains at home Saturday to take on Baker University at 4 p.m. Saturday marks the Ravens annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game as well as Senior Day. The Ravens Senior Class will be honored between games. The Ravens earned a 66-64 win over Baker on Dec. 10 in Baldwin City.