Fueled by a solid defensive effort, the No. 15-ranked Raven men's basketball team held Baker University (8-7, 2-2 HAAC) to a season-low point total on Thursday night as Benedictine (11-3, 4-0 HAAC) earned a 76-53 win.
Baker led early 2-0 before Benedictine stepped up the defensive intensity to pull ahead.
After trading baskets, the two teams were locked up at 21 points with just under five mintues left in the half. Benedictine closed out the half on a 15-0 run that pushed them ahead 36-21 at the break.
Benedictine came out in the second half and continued to limit Baker's offensive opportunities. After limiting Baker to just nine first-half field goals, Benedictine held Baker to just seven more second-half field goals.
The Ravens forced the Wildcats into 14 turnovers, which led to 16 points offensively for Benedictine.
For the eighth time this season, Benedictine converted over 45 percent from the floor as they finished at 47.4 percent from the floor.
Steven O'Brien continued to find his range offensively for Benedictine as he led the Ravens in scoring with 14 points. The scoring effort was O'Brien's second straight game with 14 and his third game in the last five to reach double figures.
Baker was led in scoring by Manuel Barnes with 15 points. The Ravens held Baker's leading scorer EJ Carter scoreless in the win as Barnes was the only player for the Wildcats to reach double figures.
Benedictine takes their undefeated HAAC record on the road Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against MNU in Olathe.