by Logan Hanson
The Benedictine Men’s Basketball team defeated Edgewood College with 88-54 on Saturday afternoon in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. This victory claimed the 24 win for Benedictine. This set a new school record for wins in a season. The win also gave the team an undefeated regular season record.
“Slow start but our bench picked it up,” said Head Coach Keith Bunkenburg, “[I am] Proud of our team. Great finish to our home schedule. Thanks to all of our student for supporting us these past weeks!”
Benedictine started the game off slowly, allowing Edgewood to gain control during the first seven minutes and to get an early 11-4 lead. Benedictine, fueled by scoring off of the bench by Junior Matt Chaltin, responded to the early scoring of Edgewood by going on a 14-0 run including back to back three pointers by Chaltin and Senior Luke Johnson to put them up 18-11.
After gaining the lead, Benedictine held it for the rest of the game. A dunk by Senior Tim Reamer with 3:33 left in the half set the tone for the home team for the rest of the game as they went into the half with a 41-21 lead.
The second half was much of the same for Benedictine as they continued their barrage of buckets against Edgewood. In the second half, Benedictine held a lead as large as a 38 points. The large lead allowed all the players who dressed to get playing time as Benedictine cruised to the win.
Chaltin lead the team in scoring with 18 points followed by Johnson with 17. Reamer, who made his second start of the year, recorded a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
“A lot of our hard work is paying off,” said Senior Guard Niji Lomax, “We are happy to have this recognition but we are focused on winning our next game.”
Benedictine will play its season finale against Lakeland College at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.