KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 4-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team got back to .500 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play on Saturday as they earned a 59-52 win over Avila University.
Benedictine (8-2, 1-1 Heart) connected on over 50-percent from the floor en route to a 59-52 win over Avila (4-6, 0-2 Heart).
The Ravens scored the first basket of the game and after the Eagles were able to answer, Benedictine outscored Avila 27-15 over the next 16 minutes of the first half to build a 14 point lead with four minutes left in the half.
Benedictine led by seven points at the break and continued to lead throughout the second half.
Avila battled back and tied the game at 52 points with three minutes remaining but could never push ahead as the Ravens closed out the game with five points to earn the win.
Defensively, Benedictine forced Avila into 19 turnovers setting a new opponent high for the season. Those 19 points also led directly to 19 points off turnovers.
Offensively, the Ravens had a balanced attack with three players in double figures. Jallen Messersmith and John Harris Jr., each scored 11 points while Brett Fisher added 10 points. Jonathan Anaekwe added nine points and seven assists to help anchor the Ravens to 16 assists – a new single-game high for the season.
Benedictine steps out of Heart play for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium as they host York College.