PARKVILLE, Mo. – The Raven men's basketball team picked picked up their third-straight win on Wednesday night, knocking off NAIA No. 21 Park University, 65-63, on the road.
After trailing by as much as seven points in the first half Benedictine (3-1) battled back to take a 29-27 lead into halftime over Park (1-3).
In the second half, the Ravens used a 56 percent effort from the floor to turn their two-point halftime lead to a 10-point advantage early in the second half.
After a Shawn Fleming Jr. 3-pointer pushed the Ravens ahead by 10 for the second time with 13:17 remaining in the game, the Pirates offense heated up going on a 14-0 run to turn their deficit into a four-point advantage with nine minutes left in the game.
The momentum shift in favor of the Pirates was due to their change in defense. Park moved to a zone defense to avoid foul trouble and it took the Ravens some time to adjust.
The Ravens were whistled for 22 fouls in the game – 14 of which were called in the second half.
Despite the decisive foul advantage for the Pirates, which led to Park converting 17 of 21 from the charity stripe in the second half, Benedictine weathered the storm and remained in the game.
After battling through two ties, the Ravens erased a three-point deficit on three straight baskets by John Harris Jr. that gave the Ravens a 3-point lead, 64-61, with just over 30 seconds left in the game.
The two teams exchanged free throws over the final seconds of the game with a Luke Norville free throw with 19 seconds remaining in the game pushing Benedictine up by the final tally of 65-63.
Defensively, despite battling through foul trouble, Benedictine held Park to just nine second-half field goals and one 3-pointer. On the night, the Ravens limited the Pirates to just 35.8 percent from the floor and 21.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Park went to the line a total of 30 times on the night, finishing at 70 percent while the Ravens converted 9 of 16 from the free throw line.
The Ravens finished at 48 percent from the floor and finished with three players in double figures. Harris JR., and Jonathan Anew led the way with 14 points each while Luke Orville added 10 points off the bench.
Park was led by the game-high 28 points of Danville Brown. Brown scored half of his point total at the free throw line, knocking in 14 of 17 from the charity stripe.
The Ravens return home on Tuesday for a 7 p.m.. game against the University of St. Mary in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on BRSNtv.