The No 1. Benedictine Ravens basketball team continue to get everyone’s best shot.
That didn’t change Wednesday night when the Ravens squeezed out a 79-75 victory on the road at Evangel.
Coach Ryan Moody said he was a little worried about the fatigue his team was dealing with after another competitive road win at William Penn Saturday.
“Just being on the road so much and facing really high level of competition kind of scared me,” Moody said. “We’re awfully beat up and a few guys are battling the flu. Those things right there were big red flags for us.”
Moody said he ultimately came away impressed with how his guys fought through all the circumstances and the pressure of just being named the number one team in the country.
“You’ve just been named the number one team in the country and it’s important how you respond as a program,” Moody said. “I’m really proud of our guys to be able to pull it out and actually win in a hard fought fashion.”
Moody said the Crusaders (6-22, 5-18 Heart) were able to put together a great plan and performance that was big obstacle for his team.
“They were really prepared,” Moody said. “I thought we did a good job of problem solving on the fly but they presented a huge challenge for us.”
Moody said his team has grown accustom to having these close hard fought battles over the last few weeks of the season.
“I think it’s building confidence in late game situations,” Moody said. “When it’s a close game at the end they just know how to execute. They do a great job of communicating of what they want to get done.”
Freshman Eric Krus found his was back to top of the scoring list for the Ravens (27-2, Heart 23-0) after a team-high 21 point performance. Krus hadn’t scored 20 points in a game for around a month battling injury and illness.
“He’s been doing a great job of staying tough and making the plays he can make,” Moody said. “Last night he finally got over the hump with the injury and sickness and we absolutely needed him.”
Junior guard Colby Nickels was second on the team in scoring with 16 and senior guard Thomas O’Connor was third with 13.
Benedictine will finish the regular season today at MidAmerica Nazarene at 4 p.m.