FAYETTE, Mo. – The No. 13 Raven men's basketball team passed their first road test as a nationally-ranked program on Saturday as they took on a tough Central Methodist University squad in HAAC play.
Benedictine (9-1, 3-0 HAAC) and CMU (7-6, 0-2 HAAC) traded baskets early before the Ravens took the lead for good just three minutes into the game en route to a 70-57 win.
Defensively, the Ravens limited the Eagles from beyond the arc. CMU entered the game ranked in the top 10 in NAIA Div. I in total 3-pointers and 3-pointers per game. CMU converted on 8 of 30, which included a 3 for 12 effort in the first half.
Offensively, the Ravens lead NAIA Div. I in 3-point field goal percentage but didn't need to rely on the long shot on Saturday as they held a 28-18 scoring advantage in the paint.
Benedictine converted 13 first-half field goals and went 6 of 8 from the charity stripe in the first half to build as much as a 14 point lead over CMU.
The Eagles cut the Ravens lead down to six points with just under eight minutes left in the second half before Benedictine close the game out, outscoring CMU 22-15 to earn the win.
John Harris Jr. scored 11 of his game-high 20 points over the final six minutes to help push Benedictine to 3-0 in the HAAC.
The Ravens held a 21-8 advantage off the bench as four of the five Ravens who came off the bench scored.
CMU was led in scoring by John Palmer with 19 points.
Benedictine takes on NAIA Div. I Columbia (Mo.) College at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium. Wednesday game will have live stats and a live video stream on BRSNtv. All multi-media links can be found on the men's basketball schedule page.