No. 18 Benedictine Claims Third Straight NACC Crown

Matt Chaltin
Matt Chaltin

Courtesy of Benedictine University

LISLE, Illinois -- Behind a 50-point showing in the second half, the 18th-ranked Benedictine University men's basketball team claimed a share of a third consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title and secured the top seed.

#18 Benedictine 79, Wisconsin Lutheran 58

Wisconsin Lutheran controlled the early portion of the game, building an early 7-0 lead
• Adam Reynolds brought Benedictine within 11-10 with a free throw at the 13:19 marker of the first
• Seven straight from the visitors extended the lead to 22-14 with just 7:51 to go in the first
• Benedictine trailed by nine points with 5:55 remaining in the half but ripped off 12 straight to take the lead
• Reynolds opened the run with a layup while a three-pointer from Michael Blaszczyk put Benedictine ahead 29-26 with 2:49 left in the half
• Benedictine would not trail again despite one of the worst offensive halves of the season
• The team shot just 32 percent in the opening 20 minutes
• An early 10-2 run in the second keyed by three-pointers from Brayden Olson and Matt Chaltin allowed Benedictine to jump ahead 41-32 with 16:11 to play
• Wisconsin Lutheran hung around before a late push enabled Benedictine to pull away
• A 9-1 stretch extended the lead to double figures halfway through the second
• Tahron Harvey hit a three in the final minute as part of an 8-0 run to give Benedictine the largest lead at 79-56
• The win marked the seventh in a row for Benedictine and capped a stretch of six games in 13 days
• All six victories in the stretch came by 13 or more with the last five by greater than 20

Benedictine rebounded to shoot 62.1 percent in the second half and finish the game at 46 percent
• Benedictine made 12 three-pointers and have hit 10 or more in five straight contests
• The team held a 42-35 edge on the glass after being outrebounded in the first meeting
• Two players tallied double-doubles with five reaching double figures
• Blaszczyk again neared a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists
• Reynolds and Harvey paced Benedictine with 15 apiece
• Reynolds crossed the 500-rebound marker by adding 10 boards
• Olson finished with 14 and has scored in double figures in six of the last seven contests
• Chaltin picked up 12 for his second straight double-digit showing

Benedictine (18-4, 16-1 NACC) can win a second straight outright conference title with a win on Wednesday night at Concordia Chicago.