Slow Start Snaps Men's Basketball Winning Streak
Ravens fall to Baker University in Baldwin City
BALDWIN CITY – The Raven men's basketball team took their five-game winning streak on the road Thursday to take on HAAC rival Baker University.
Baker (12-7, 5-3 HAAC) jumped out to a 11-2 lead over Benedictine (10-8, 5-2 HAAC) that in the end proved to be enough to snap the Ravens winning streak as the Wildcats earn the 54-43 win.
Over their five-game start to 2012, the Ravens were averaging 69 points per game and hitting 49.4 percent from the floor while allowing 58.8 points per game and 40.3 percent from the floor.
Thursday, Baker held Benedictine to their second-lowest point total of the season and held the Ravens to just 32 percent shooting.
Defensively, Benedictine held Baker to 39.7 percent from the floor but just couldn't overcome the slow start.
After falling behind by nine points early, Benedictine did battle back to tie the game at 17 points with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
Seconds later guard Chris McFaul (Sr., Phoenix) hit a jumper to put Benedictine up 18-17 but the lead was short lived as Baker regained the lead to hold a 25-21 advantage at the half.
The second half started with each team trading blows but Benedictine could never pull ahead as Baker was able to answer every run the Ravens would make.
Benedictine pulled within two points twice over the first six minutes of the half only to have Baker counter to pull ahead by double figures.
The Ravens cut their deficit to seven points over the final four minutes of the game but couldn't get any closer as the Wildcats pushed ahead to earn the 11-point win.
Benedictine was held to 32 percent from the floor while Baker finished at 39.7 percent.
Baker held a 24-10 advantage in point in the paint over Benedictine, which also played a big role in the Wildcats holding of the Ravens in the second half.
The Ravens were paced by the 13-point effort of guard Quaran Johnson (Sr., Philadelphia). McFaul finished with 9 points.
Baker's Joe Wachter led the Wildcats with a game-high 17 points off the bench.
The Ravens return home for a 4 p.m. game Saturday as they host Avila University.
The Eagles are riding a four-game winning streaking headed into Saturday's game and hold a half-game lead over the Ravens in the HAAC standings.
Avila and Evangel University are currently tied for second place in the standings with the Ravens sitting in fourth.