Men's Basketball Falls at #19 Benedictine

Men's Basketball Falls at #19 Benedictine

LILE, Illinois – Senior Collin Seubert scored 15 points and freshman Travis Ballard had 12 as the MSOE men's basketball team fell to No. 19-ranked Benedictine 87-74 Monday evening at the Rice Center.

The Raiders (7-8, 6-5 NACC) poured in 45 second-half points only to see the Eagles (13-4, 11-1 NACC) shoot nearly 61 percent in the frame to hold off any comeback attempts.

Seubert added nine rebounds and five assists on the night. Meanwhile, Ballard went 6-for-8 from the field to score his first collegiate points and added five rebounds and a blocked shot in 15 minutes. He had yet to attempt a shot in two-plus minutes of action this season entering the game. Junior Greg Pigg also chipped in nine points.

Tahron Harvey had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Benedictine. Michael Blaszczyk added 20 points and Adam Reynolds posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

MSOE jumped out to an early six-point lead in the opening minutes, but the Eagles quickly answered and the game was back-and-forth through the opening nine-plus minutes. It was nearly the midway point of the first half that Benedictine started to steadily pull away and never look back.

After trailing 39-29 at halftime, the Raiders stepped up their offensive efficiency in the second half. They pulled as close as eight points on several occasions late in the game but could get no closer.

MSOE shot over 46 percent in the second half to finish at 42.3 percent shooting for the night but struggled from three-point range to the tune of 4-for-20. It conceded 47-34 rebounding advantage but protected the ball well with just 10 turnovers. BenU's second-half shooting percentage of 60.6 percent helped it finish at 49.3 in the game, but the home team was similarly unsuccessful from deep, shooting 2-for-16.

The Raiders have a busy week, returning to the floor Wednesday at Edgewood.