The Raven men's basketball team earned their fourth straight win on Tuesday night as they took on the University of St. Mary Spires.
Benedictine (4-1) used a 62.5 percent shooting effort and held USM (3-2) seven points short of their season average as they earned a 92-81 win.
Benedictine trailed early before a 3-pointer from Brett Fisher put the Ravens up 9-7 just three minutes into the game.
After trading baskets, the Ravens used a 13-0 run over a three-minute span to push their advantage to 14 points near the midpoint of the first half.
A pair of free throws by Rafail Tsourakis pushed Benedictine's lead to 15 points near the three-minute mark before Benedictine settled for an 11-point advantage at the half.
After USM scored the first basket in the second half, the Ravens quickly pushed their lead back to double figures where it remained until a pair of free throws from the Spires Torren Dowdy moved the score to 68-59 with 11:19 left in the game.
The Spires cut their deficit down to nine points twice inside the final 30 seconds of the game but couldn't get any closer as the Ravens maintained their advantage but converting from the charity stripe.
Benedictine finished the second half hitting 14 of 20 from the free throw line to finish the game at 65.6 percent. They also finished the game with a season-high effort from the floor, knocking in 62.5 percent.
The Raven bench held a 39-12 advantage in bench scoring, anchored by the efforts of Tsourakis and Shawn Fleming Jr. Tsourakis scored a team high 15 points while Fleming Jr. added 11 off the bench.
Fleming gave the Ravens a spark in the first half as he scored all 11 of his points in the first half off a 3 of 4 effort from beyond the arc.
Fisher finished with 14 points, knocking in a season high four 3-pointers while Charlie Wallrapp and John Harris Jr. each scored 13 points. Harris Jr. also finished with a season high seven assists as Benedictine tallied their highest assist effort of the early season at 14.
Benedictine converted a season high 68.8 percent effort from beyond the 3-point arc as they converted a season high 11 3-pointers.
The Ravens hit the road this weekend as they travel to Shawnee, Okla., for a 3 p.m. game against NAIA Div. I preseason No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist.