KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Raven men's basketball team held off a late run by Avila University on Saturday afternoon to earn back-to-back wins to close out a nine-game stretch in which they played five games.
Benedictine (14-6, 6-3 HAAC) hit 50 percent from the floor in the second half and went 7 for 7 from the free throw line to beat Avila (7-12, 2-7 HAAC) 59-55.
Avila hit 50 percent from the floor in the second half after hitting just 22.2 percent in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Defensively, Benedictine limited Avila to just six first-half field goals to lead the Eagles 26-17 at the half.
The Benedictine bench outscored Avila's 16-3 as Avila guard Sedrick Johnson scored a game-high 39 points. Johnson accounted for 70 percent of the Eagles scoring effort as the next-highest scorer for Avila was forward Keith Taylor with five points.
The Ravens finished with two players in double figures, led by the 14 points of guard Jonathon Anaewke (Soph., Shawnee) with 14 points. Forward Charlie Wallrapp (Jr., Omaha) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, recording his sixth double-double of the season.
Benedictine begins the second half of the HAAC season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday hosting Graceland University. The Ravens went 6-3 over the first half of the conference season.