The No. 15 Raven men's basketball team used a 54 percent shooting effort while forcing Missouri Valley College into 12 turnovers on their way to back-to-back HAAC wins.
Benedictine (13-4, 5-1 HAAC) led by 10 points at the half and extended that lead to 11 in the second half to beat Missouri Valley (10-8, 3-4 HAAC), 81-70.
After playing through five ties over the first 13 minutes of the game and after trailing by five points, Benedictine went on a 16-6 run that turned a tie at 20 points into a 36-26 lead with 90 seconds left in the first half.
Benedictine forward Charlie Wallrapp jump-started the run, scoring the first five points on his way to seven first-half point.
After Missouri Valley closed to within six points, John Harris Jr., scored two straight baskets over the final 14 seconds of the half to push Benedictine ahead by 10 points at the half.
Missouri Valley answered with a 14-2 run that erased Benedictine's 12 point lead and pulled the Vikings within one point, 55-54, at the midpoint of the second half.
Benedictine maintained their lead with Missouri Valley pulling the game to its sixth tie at 61 points with seven minutes and 30 seconds remaining before the Ravens closed out the game outscoring the Vikings 20-9.
Four players finished in double figures for Benedictine, led by Wallrapp's game-high 19 points. Jonathan Anaekwe was close behind with 15 while Harris Jr., and Jallen Messersmith each scored 10 points.
Raviel Burton and Brad Hamilton led Missouri Valley College with 17 points each.
Benedictine's bench held a 22-9 advantage in scoring while the Ravens also held a slight edge in second-chance points, 13-9.
The win for Benedictine sets up a stretch of two straight games against NAIA Div. I ranked opponents. First, Benedictine hosts No. 13 Culver-Stockton College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before traveling to Springfield, Mo., a week from today to take on No. 5 Evangel University.