DES MOINES, Iowa – The Raven Men's Basketball team had its winning streak snapped on Thursday night by Grand View University.
Grand View (19-7, 17-6 Heart) connected on 50 percent from beyind the 3-point arc as they earned a 83-65 win over Benedictine (20-7, 17-6 Heart).
The Vikings finished with a total of 12 3-pointers, seven of which came in the second half, marking just the second time this season that Benedictine had allowed their opponents to reach double figures in 3-pointers.
Grand View held Benedictine to just five points through the first five minutes of the game as they pulled ahead by as much as 11 points before the Ravens pulled them back in.
Trailing by 10 points with just under 10 minutes left in the first half, the Ravens went on a 17-6 run that not only erased their deficit but gave them their first lead of the game, 28-27, with just under four minutes left in the half.
Grand View answered the run and pull back in front to take a 34-30 lead into halftime.
Thomas O'Connor scored the first two baskets of the second half pulling the Ravens into the games first tie inside the first three minutes of the second half but the Vikings answered the Ravens quick start.
Grand View converted six of their seven second-half 3-pointers over a seven minute stretch to pull ahead of Benedictine, 56-43 with 11:50 left in the game.
The Ravens cut into the Vikings lead, pulling as close as eight points twice inside the final four minutes of the game but Benedictine could not overcome the 3-point streak from the Vikings that pushed them in front early in the half.
Benedictine finished the game with a 25-12 advantage in the paint as well as a 23-12 advantage off the bench but just couldn't overcome the 3-point scoring streak that allowed the Vikings to pull away in the second half.
Andre Yates led the Ravens in scoring with 20 points while O'Connor finished with 18.
The loss pulls the Ravens into a tie with Grand View for second place in the Heart standings with three games remaining to play. Benedictine remains on the road Saturday for a 2 p.m. game in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, against Mount Mercy University.