Score: Evangel 65, Benedictine 78 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (13-12, 9-10); Benedictine (15-10, 13-6)
Location: Atchison, Kan. | Ralph Nolan Gym
ATCHISON, Kan. – The Evangel men's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start Wednesday night falling 78-65 at Benedictine in Heart Conference action.
A cold start for Evangel saw the Ravens build an early lead, handing the Crusaders their fourth straight loss. Benedictine led by as many as 21 and took a 46-26 lead into the break.
The Crusaders came out in the second half on a 15-2 run to cut the Raven lead to eight points at the 12-minute mark. A three-pointer by Cade Coffman started the rally as the sophomore finished with a game-high 20 points while going 4 of 6 from behind the three-point line.
Evangel shot 54 percent in the second half while holding Benedictine to 38 percent from the field. The Ravens out-rebounded the Crusaders 31-24 and outscored Evangel 44-22 in the paint.
Nate Davis joined Coffman in double figures with 10 points and four assists.
Benedictine was led by Jaiden Bristol who scored 15 and pulled down eight rebounds.
Evangel returns home Saturday to host Culver-Stockton. Tipoff from the Ashcroft Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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