CANTON, Mo. – After trailing by eight points at halftime, the Raven Men's Basketball team limited Culver-Stockton College (1-29, 0-26 Heart) to just 18 second half points en route to a 68-58 win over the Wildcats.
The win for Benedictine (21-9, 18-8 Heart) snapped a three-game losing streak and head into next week's Heart Postseason Tournament with a win.
Culver-Stockton started off the game outscoring Benedictine 20-7 through the first seven minutes of play.
After falling behind for a second time by as much as 13 points, the Ravens responded with a 12-1 run to close their deficit to just on points with nine minutes left in the half. Culver-Stockton was able to slow the Ravens just enough to put them back at arm's length. Adam Kutney pulled the Ravens back within a point for a second time with just over two minutes left in the half only to have the Wildcats answer again to pull back ahead by eight headed to halftime.
Benedictine outshot Culver-Stockton in the first half as they converted on 42.3 percent to Wildcats 35.5 percent. Culver-Stockton used a 12-of-13 effort at the free throw line to keep the Ravens at bay in the first.
Culver-Stockton maintained their lead through the first six minutes of the the second half before AJ Goss converted a steal to a layup to put Benedictine in front, 44-43, for the first time. After giving the Wildcats back the lead, the Ravens pulled even at 51 on another basket by Kutney with eight minutes left to play. From their, the Ravens went on a 14-0 run to pull away from the Wildcats and pick up the comeback win.
Benedictine finished the game hitting 48.1 percent from the floor while limiting Culver-Stockton to just 34.5 percent after a 33.3 percent second-half effort.
The Ravens held a 38-6 advantage in bench scoring as Kutney finished with a game-high 19 points. Thomas O'Connor added 10 points to round out the Ravens who reached double digits in scoring.
With the win, the Ravens finish in a three-way tie for second place in the final Heart standings. They lose the three-way tie with Grand View University and Mount Mercy University and will be the fourth seed in next week's Heart Postseason Tournament. They will host fifth-seeded Graceland University at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.