FAYETTE, Mo. – For the fifth time this season, the Raven men's basketball team needed overtime to decide the outcome of a conference contest.
After beating Central Methodist (17-11, 10-6 HAAC) on a last-second shot in Atchison back on Jan. 12, Benedictine (17-10, 9-7 HAAC) gave up a last second shot by CMU's Alex Barner to force overtime.
In the overtime period, CMU outscored Bendictine 14-10 to earn a 76-72 win and take over sole possession of fourth place in the HAAC standings.
The loss drops Benedictine into fifth place, two games ahead of current sixth-place holder Baker University.
On Saturday, despite being limited to just nine field goals in the first half, Benedictine was able to match CMU step for step.
Benedictine led early before CMU took over the lead at the 10 minute, 58 second mark.
After two ties, Benedictine briefly regained the lead on a John Harris, Jr. (Fr., Lincoln, Neb.) free throw with just over four minutes left in the half before CMU closed the half on a 6-1 run to take the lead into the break.
CMU continued their run into the second half, pushing ahead by as much as 11 points before Benedictine started to click again on offense.
Benedictine went on a 15-4 run over a four-minute span that erased their deficit and drew the game to its fourth tie when forward Steve O'Brien (Jr., Warragul, Australia) converted an old-fashioned three-point play to tie the game at 42.
CMU pushed ahead by six points before Benedictine battled back to take a 51-50 lead on a Jonathon Anaekwe (Soph., Shawnee) basket with three minutes and 45 seconds remaining.
The lead changed hands four times over the next three minutes before Benedictine took the lead with 33 seconds remaining.
Benedictine converted 6 of 6 free throws over the final 30 seconds of regulation to keep their lead but gave up the 3-pointer by Barner with two seconds remaining to set up overtime.
The Ravens finished the game knocking in 15 of 18 from the charity stripe, matching their season high at the line of 83.3 percent.
Four Ravens finished in double figures, led by the 18 points of O'Brien and forward Charlie Wallrapp (Jr., Omaha). Harris Jr. added 15 points while Anaekwe finished with 12.
CMU's Elliot Black dropped in a game-high 34 points for the Eagles, converting 14 of 19 from the floor.
Benedictine finished with a 34-22 advantage in points in the paint and O'Brien's scoring effort anchored a Raven bench that outscored CMU 21-14.
The Ravens remain on the road Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. game against Baker in Baldwin City.
Benedictine returns home for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 23 against Avila University. The Avila game marks the annual Senior Day with the combined men's and women's basketball seniors being recognized between games.