The Raven men's basketball team earned a season split for the 10th time on Saturday against Missouri Valley College since joining the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC).
Benedictine (16-7, 8-4 HAAC) used a 66.7 percent shooting effort in the second half to turn a seven-point halftime advantage over Missouri Valley (9-15, 4-8 HAAC) to earn a 75-54 win.
With the win, the Ravens avenged one of its two double-figure losses in HAAC play.
After trading baskets early, Benedictine took its first lead of the game on a field goal by guard Jonathon Anaekwe (Soph., Shawnee).
After two more ties and four lead changes, the Ravens closed out the first half outscoring 7-2 to hold the lead at halftime.
The momentum remained in Benedictine's corner to start the second half as they used a 11-3 run to push their lead to 15.
Missouri Valley College pulled within 10 points on a 3-pointer from guard Jordan Epps with just under 13 minutes left in the game but couldn't pull any closer as Ravens outscored Vikings 30-19 over the final seven minutes of the game.
Benedictine finished with a season-high 57.7 percent effort form the floor.
The Ravens scored 22 second chance points as they out-rebounded Missouri Valley 39-23 and also dominated the paint, outscoring Missouri Valley 48-16.
The Ravens finished with three players in double figures, led by the game high 20 points of forward Charlie Wallrapp (Jr., Omaha). Wallrapp hit 8 of 12 from the floor and went 4 of 4 from the charity stripe while fulling in seven rebounds.
Forward Jallen Messersmith (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.), who earned his first start of the season, finished with 15 points and five of Benedictine's six blocks. Center Rafail Tsourakis (Soph., Athens, Greece) added 10 points off the bench.
Epps led Missouri Valley, who finished with three players in double figures, in scoring with 16 points.
The win keeps Benedictine a game out of third place in the HAAC standings headed into a week in which they play the two teams directly in front of them in the standings – Culver-Stockton College and No. 17 MNU.
Benedictine travels to Canton, Mo., on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. game against Culver-Stockton. Culver beat Benedictine in overtime in Atchison on Jan. 3, 85-81. Benedictine hosts MNU at 4 p.m. Feb. 9.