Atchison, Kan. — No. 1 Benedictine College hadn’t lost a single game since December.
Peru State changed that Tuesday night.
The Ravens were given their third loss of the season after falling to the Bobcats 74-65 in the championship game of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. With the win, Peru State claimed the championship title.
“It was a really heated game where we weren’t at our best,” Benedictine coach Ryan Moody said. “I’m going to give a lot of credit to Peru State, they played really well.”
Forward Lyle Hexom led the Bobcats in scoring with 25 points. The senior was recently named the Heart of America Conference men’s basketball player of the year.
The Ravens made just 2 of 10 3-point attempts in the first half. In the second half, Benedictine made 4 of 16 shots from behind the arc.
“We weren’t making our shots and they were hitting theirs,” Benedictine forward Eric Krus said.
Krus finished the night with 26 points.
The Ravens said they don’t expect Tuesday night’s loss to change anything heading into the NAIA National Tournament.
“We’ll be alright. We walked into that locker room and they are already talking about tomorrow and next week,” Moody said.
The Ravens will take a breather Wednesday with the day off. Benedictine will find out later in the day who their its opponent is in the national tournament.
“We’re not going to take a lot of time off. We will be ready to go,” Moody said.
The last time Benedictine lost was December 5 against Rockhurst. Their last conference loss took place November 5 to Park.
Tuesday night’s loss snapped Benedictine’s winning streak at 29 games.