In a game that saw five ties and 15 lead changes, Central Methodist University held off a last-second push by the No. 6-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team to earn the upset on Saturday.
Benedictine (9-3, 1-2 Heart) held CMU (9-3, 2-1 Heart) to just two 3-pointers but couldn't overcome the Eagles 52.2 percent effort from the floor in the second half as the Ravens fell 59-57.
Benedictine connected on 65 percent from the floor in the first half to take a 29-26 lead into halftime.
The Ravens maintained their lead through the first eight minutes of the second half before CMU took the lead for the first time in the second half, 38-37, with 13 minutes remaining.
By the midpoint of the second half, the lead changed hands twice with two ties before CMU pushed ahead by as much as four points.
The Ravens didn't back down and after Jake Schannuth knocked in a 3-pointer with just under eight minutes remaining, the Ravens took back over the lead, 47-46.
That would prove to be the last time the Ravens would lead as CMU did just enough to hold off a last-minute push by the Ravens.
Another 3-pointer by Jonathan Anaekwe pulled Benedictine with one point, 55-45, with 31 seconds left in the game.
CMU connected on 4 of 6 from the free throw line over the final 31 seconds to pull ahead of the Ravens by five points making the last-second 3-pointer from John Harris Jr. enough to pull Benedictine within two points as time expired.
Harris Jr., led all scorers with 21 points while Terryl Curry gave the Ravens a spark off the bench with 10 points.
CMU had four players finish in double figures with Mitchell Farr and Cody Anderson scoring 11. Mike McCode and and Scott Stegeman each scored 10.
The Ravens step back out conference for their next three games – the first of which are on the road. First up, a trip to Columbia, Mo., to take on Columbia College on Dec. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the Cougars.