Fueled by their best free-throw effort of the season on Tuesday night, the No. 6-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team earned a 19-point win over York (Neb.) College inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
Benedictine (9-2) connected on 18 of 20 at the charity stripe en route to a 73-54 win over York (8-5).
Defensively, the Ravens limited the Panthers to just eight first-half field goals as they led 33-25 at the break.
After trading baskets with York over the first three minutes of the half, Benedictine took a 7-6 lead off a Jallen Messersmith basket. It proved to be a lead they never gave back.
The Ravens held the Panthers to 19 points over the remainder of the half as they built as much as a 10-point lead by the five-minute mark.
All Benedictine did in the second half was score a new second-half high as they turned their eight-point halftime lead into a 15-point advantage inside the first four minutes of the half.
The Ravens backed up their strong defensive effort in the first half by limiting York 24 points under their season average of 77.2
Brett Fisher led the Ravens in scoring with a game-high 19 points as he converted on 5 of 8 from beyond the arc while going 4 for 4 from the charity stripe. Messersmith and John Harris Jr. each scored 12 points while Christian Hatterle gave the Ravens a boost off the bench with 10 points
Benedictine knocked in 11 of 12 from the free throw line in the second half after converting 7 of 8 in the first half.
The Ravens welcome Central Methodist University to the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium for a 2 p.m. tip-off on Saturday. CMU is also 1-1 in Heart play. After dropping their opener on Dec. 4 to Missouri Valley College, the rebounded with a win on Saturday over Baker University.