Despite converting on 53.1 percent from the floor on Saturday afternoon, the Raven men's basketball team's sweep bid over No. 22 MNU fell short.
MNU (19-7, 11-3 HAAC) overcame a five-point halftime deficit to earn the season sweep with Benedictine (16-9, 8-6 HAAC) with a 79-71 win.
Saturday's game saw 11 ties and nine lead changes with MNU breaking a tie at 67 points with just over four minutes left in the game to outscore Benedictine 11-4 down the stretch to earn the win.
After trading baskets through the first five minutes of the game, MNU jumped out on Benedictine by five points before the Ravens pulled the game event for the fourth time at 17 points off a 3-pointer from forward Charlie Wallrapp (Jr., Omaha).
Wallrapp's 3-pointer sparked a 12-2 run that pushed Benedictine ahead by 10 points with five minutes left in the first half.
MNU gradually pulled back within a possession late in the half before a last-second shot by Benedictine guard John Harris Jr. (Fr., Lincoln) pushed the Ravens back in front by five points at the half.
The Pioneers opened the second half with six straight points to erase the Ravens halftime lead.
The Ravens responded to regain their lead and set the tone for the first 10 minutes of the second half.
The lead changed hands three time with two ties before MNU took over the lead by the midpoint of the second half.
That lead was short lived as Benedictine guard Brett Fisher (Soph., Overland Park) converted an old-fashioned three-point play with just over seven minutes remaining to push the Ravens back ahead at 61-60.
Baskets by Harris, Wallrapp and guard Jonathon Anaekwe (Soph., Shawnee) allowed Benedictine to maintain the lead through three more ties before the Pioneers took the lead over for good with three minutes and 36 seconds left in the game.
Benedictine hit 54.5 percent from the floor in the second half but only converted 1 of 6 from beyond the arc while MNU connected on 4 of 9, proving to be a big difference in the second half.
Wallrapp led four Ravens in double figures with 14 points. Harris and guard Shawn Fleming Jr. (Fr., Dayton, Ohio) each scored 12 points while Anaekwe added 11.
Conner Langrehr led MNU in scoring off the bench with 18 points to lead four Pioneers in double figures.
Despite having an overall size advantage over Benedictine, MNU only outscored the Ravens 34-32 in the paint.
Benedictine remains at home for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday against Peru State College. The Ravens held on for a 59-56 win over Peru State back on Jan. 10 in Peru, Neb.
This week marks the annual Think Pink campaign in support of the fight against Breast Cancer. Special "Raven STRONG" t-shirts will be on sale all week on campus for $10 and will also be available the night of the game. All proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.