LISLE, Ill. – Junior guard Matthew McGivern (Milwaukee, Wis.) set the school assist record in a 59-57 overtime loss at the hands of Benedictine in Lisle, Ill.
McGivern came into the game needing two assists to break former Crusader Josh Burch’s 260 mark. He finished the game with three assists and five points.
The Crusaders opened a big 12-2 lead on a three by sophomore guard Tim Shelp (Independence, Mo.) which turned into a 21-19 halftime lead.
Maranatha built a seven point lead in the second half and never trailed the Eagles. Enter Benedictine’s Raphael Oglesby, who nailed a three-pointer with :05 left to tie the game 48-48, sending it into overtime.
Sophomore forward Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) and the Crusaders refused to roll over by nailing two shots from beyond the arc.
One of those gave Maranatha a 57-55 lead, before Benedictine’s Nate Green followed up by tying the game at 57 apiece.
Oglesby delivered the final dagger with :35 left by hitting a jumper and sending Benedictine to its seventh win and a 6-4 NAC record.
Kutz finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore guard Matt Hunter recorded 13 points and four rebounds.
The Crusaders travel to Chicago, Ill. on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. to face Moody Bible.