CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Raven Men's Basketball team ran into another hot-shooting opponent on Saturday as they took on Mount Mercy University.
Mount Mercy (18-9, 17-7 Heart) hit 59 percent from the floor and 65.2 percent from beyond the arc en route to a 108-72 win over Benedictine (20-8, 17-7 Heart).
After playing through six ties and three lead changes through the first seven minutes of play, the Ravens found themselves trailing by three points. Sparked by their 3-point shooting, the Mustangs took that three point advantage and pulled ahead by 15 points by the midpoint of the first half.
Benedictine didn't go away, pulling with in five points twice in the final five minutes of the opening half only to have Mount Mercy take a 52-43 lead into the half.
The second half played out much like the first half. Benedictine closed their halftime deficit down to four points twice inside the first three minutes of play only to go cold on offense while Mount Mercy went on another run.
Mount Mercy held Benedictine scoreless for a six minute stretch in the second half to allowed the Mustangs to stretch their lead from four points to 25 by the midpoint of the second half.
After shooting 56.7 percent from the field in the first half, the Ravens cooled to 40 percent in the second half to finish at 50 percent for the game.
Adam Kutney finished with a team high 12 points to lead the Ravens in scoring as he went 4 for 5 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the free throw line
Benedictine returns home on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to take on No. 2 William Penn University in their home regular-season finale.
With two games remaining in the Heart regular season, the Ravens are currently tied with Grand View and Mount Mercy for second place behind William Penn. The Heart Postseason Tournament gets started on Feb. 28 with the first round and continues on March 2, 4 and 7 with the Championship Game on March 7.