SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – For the third time this season, the Raven men's basketball team went into overtime against a nationally-recognized program as they took on No. 19 Evangel University on Saturday.
Evangel (16-5, 9-2 HAAC) outscored Benedictine (15-7, 7-4 HAAC) 14-10 in overtime to escape with a 73-69 win.
After trailing by four points at the half, the Ravens rallied to outscore the Crusaders 36-32.
Evangel led by as much as eight points in the second half with the Ravens rallying to push ahead by one point twice in the final four minutes or regulation.
After Evangel's JJ Williams made the back end of a two-shot free throw, the Ravens trailed by three points with 34 seconds left in regulation.
Benedictine guard John Harris Jr., (Fr., Lincoln, Neb.) knocked in a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 59 points and send it into overtime.
The Ravens took the first lead of overtime off a free throw from guard Jonathon Anaekwe (Soph., Shawnee) but then went cold as the Crusaders 7-0 run before Benedictine hit its first field goal of overtime.
That seven-point stretch proved to be enough for Evangel to hold on to the win.
Benedictine finished with three players in double figures, led by the 16 points of forward Charlie Wallrapp (Jr., Omaha). Anaekwe and guard Brett Fisher (Soph., Overland Park) each added 11 points.
Evangel got a game-high 23 points off their bench from Victor Agbassi.
The Ravens return home on Saturday to host Missouri Valley College at 4 p.m. Benedictine is looking for the split against the Vikings as they fell on the road 70-59 to Missouri Valley on Jan. 14.