Score: Evangel 66, Benedictine 68
Records: Evangel (12-9, 5-8); Benedictine (12-12, 6-7)
Location: Atchison, Kan. | Ralph Nolan Gym
ATCHISON, Kan. – Another heartbreaking loss for the Evangel men's basketball team came on the road Saturday, 68-66, at Benedictine.
Dylan Bekemeier drove the length of the floor after a missed free throw by the Ravens and fired a running three-pointer that just missed as time expired. The basket would have given Evangel a much needed one-point win over Benedictine.
Instead, Evangel fell two games below .500 in league play and sit in fifth in the Heart South Division. The 2018 Heart Postseason format will include all 14 teams with the top two teams receiving first-round byes. After cross-division matchups, the tournament will reseed with the final eight remaining schools.
On Saturday, Evangel led by as many as 14 points in the second half before Benedictine took the lead with 45 seconds left. Marcus Miller would pull Evangel back within one, 66-67, with 4 seconds left as the Crusaders fouled sending the Ravens to the line setting up Bekemeier's last-second shot.
Justin Washington pulled down 12 rebounds and tallied eight points for Evangel as well.
Benedictine was led by Adam Kutney who scored 16 points and added nine rebounds.
Evangel returns home Wednesday to host Avila in a Heart South Division matchup. The Crusaders also welcome student and parents from Weller Elementary to Wednesday night's game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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