MARSHALL, Mo. – Missouri Valley College used a 50 percent shooting effort on Monday night to halt the Raven men's basketball teams winning streak at three as Benedictine fell 70-55.
Benedictine (12-6, 4-3 HAAC) went 1 for 9 from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half and hit just 38.5 percent from the floor as Missouri Valley (7-12, 2-5 HAAC) hand the Ravens their worse loss of the season.
The Ravens came out hot to start the game, converted three of their four first-half 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the game.
Benedictine built a 16-4 lead over Missouri Valley before the Vikings Jordan Epps heated up.
Epps single-handedly erased the Vikings deficit scoring eight points over a two-minute span that pulled Missouri Valley back into the game.
The lead changed hands five times over the final 10 minutes of the half before the Vikings took a one-point lead into the break.
With the game tied at 37, the Vikings went on a 10-0 run over six minutes that pushed their lead to 47-37 with just under eight minutes left in the game.
Benedictine closed within eight points when guard Jonathon Anaekwe (Soph., Shawnee) converted an old-fashion three-point play but the Ravens weren't able to get any closer.
Missouri Valley converted 13 of the 15 second-half free throws down the stretch to keep Benedictine from getting back in the game.
The Vikings finished the second half, converted 15 of 23 from the charity stripe while the Ravens went 7 of 9.
Missouri Valley also had a solid night from beyond the arc, converting on 56.3 percent, which included a 5 of 8 effort in the second half.
Benedictine was led by the double-double of forward Charlie Wallrapp (Jr., Omaha). Wallrapp finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Anaekwe added 16 points.
The Vikings got a game-high 24 points from Epps.
The Ravens return home on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. game against rival Baker University. Thursday night is a White Out with all Raven fans encouraged to wear white Raven gear to the game.