The No. 16-ranked Raven men's basketball team held the HAAC's top-scoring offense to 44 points on Saturday afternoon as Benedictine hosted MNU in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
Benedictine (18-6, 11-3 HAAC) held MNU (16-10, 8-6 HAAC) to just 29.3 percent from the floor en route to a 52-44 win.
Heading into play on Saturday, the Pioneers were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in field goal percentage at 52 percent and they were fourth in the NAIA in points per game at 92.2 points.
Benedictine entered play with a top ranking in the HAAC in both scoring defense per game (68.6) and field goal defense (41.0) and against the Pioneers they lived up to their rankings.
Offensively, the Ravens attacked the rim throughout the entire game.
Benedictine's Charlie Wallrapp set the tone for the day when he pushed the Ravens ahead 3-2 with a basket in the paint just two minutes and 30 seconds in the game.
Neither team was able to establish an offensive rhythm for much of the game. The two teams played through five ties and five lead changes before Wallrapp pushed the Ravens head with a pair of free throws inside the final seconds of the half.
It took 20 seconds for the Ravens to convert their first basket of the second half, a basket by Jonathan Anaekwe in the paint.
The second half played out much as they first, only Benedictine held the lead for the majority of the final 20 minutes.
MNU pulled ahead three times over the final 12 minutes of the game but every time they did, Benedictine answered.
The Pioneers pulled ahead for the third time in the second half, 42-40, with three minutes and 52 seconds remaining but the lead was brief as the Ravens Jallen Messersmith converted on an old-fashion 3-point play to give Benedictine a 43-42 lead with three minutes and 20 seconds remaining.
From their, the Ravens outscored the Pioneers 9-2 as a pair of Wallrapp 3-pointers sealed the win for the Ravens.
Wallrapp led the Ravens with a game-high 18 points while also pulling in a game-high 16 rebounds. Messersmith finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while John Harris Jr. chipped in with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Ravens remain at home on Thursday to take on Graceland University at 7:30 p.m. They earned a 70-55 win over the Yellowjackets back on Jan. 16 in Lamoni, Iowa.