For the second time in a week, the No. 4-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team took to the floor against Park University.
This time around, Benedictine (5-1) earned a hard-fought win in front of the home faithful inside the friendly confines of the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium as the beat Park (1-3) 72-63.
After Park cut the Ravens lead to five points with 41 seconds remaining, a pair of free throws from Jonathan Anaekwe, followed by a block and break away dunk by Jallen Messersmith pushed the Ravens ahead by nine and sealed the season sweep over the Pirates.
Benedictine hits 11 of 16 from the charity stripe in the second half while converting on 13 of 27 from the field to hold off a second-half surge by Park.
The Ravens held the Pirates scoreless for nearly three minutes and by the midpoint of the first half, they pushed their advantage to 10 points.
Park gradually worked their way back into the game making it a single-possesion game with just under six minutes left in the half.
Benedictine connected on 42.9 percent from the floor in the first half and scored eight points off six Pirate turnovers to take a 33-29 lead into halftime.
The Pirates opened the second half outscoring the Ravens 7-2 to take their first lead of the game, which proved to be their only lead.
Benedictine used a 8-0 run to turn a four point lead at the midway point of the second half into a 60-48 advantage with six minutes remaining in the game.
Two Ravens scored in double figures led by the 17 points of John Harris Jr., while Messersmith finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Connor Fleming scored nine points off the Ravens bench, which outscored the Pirates 27-13.
Park was anchored by the game-high 22 points of BJ Watson.
The Ravens remain at home Saturday for a 6 p.m. match up with No. 19 Campbellsville University. The two teams met in the Ravens season-opening game back on Oct. 31 at Campbellsville in which the Tigers earned a 71-61 win.