The Raven men's basketball team jumped out to a quick lead on Tuesday night and never looked back as the earned a 72-52 win over NAIA Div. I preseason No. 21 Park University.
The win for Benedictine marked their sixth straight as they improved to 6-1 after dropping their 2013-14 season opener back on Nov. 1.
After Park's Xavielle Brown tied the game at 4-4 two minutes into the first half, the Ravens answered with a 15-2 run that blew the game open.
Benedictine limited park to just 10 of 29 from the floor in the first half, while knocking in 13 of 27 from the floor and 5 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.
By halftime, Benedictine's lead stood at 12 points.
Park gradually chipped away at Benedictine's lead, cutting their deficit to nine points before the Ravens used a 15-4 run over a five-minute span to push ahead by 20 points just over halfway through the second half.
That second-half run proved to be too much for Park to handle as Benedictine pushed it's second half lead to as much as 27 points.
Benedictine hit 50.9 percent from the floor in the win while holding Park to 36.1 percent.
The Ravens converted on 90 percent from the charity stripe as they converted 7 of 7 free throws in the second half. Tuesday's effort from the free throw line marks the third time this season that Benedictine has converted over 80 percent from the free throw line and the second straight game with a 90 percent or better effort.
Park was led by Nigel Van Oostrum, who scored 10 points, and was the only Pirate to reach double figures.
Benedictine is off until Dec. 5, when they travel to Peru, Neb., to take on Peru State College in their HAAC opener.