#6 Benedictine Stops #21 UW-Oshkosh

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LISLE, IL - The sixth-ranked Benedictine University men's basketball team concluded a stretch of three games against ranked teams with a victory over #21 UW-Oshkosh to break a two-game slide.

Benedictine 68, UW-Oshkosh 55

Benedictine led for virtually the entire contest
Oshkosh led 8-5 just over five minutes into the game before a run enabled Benedictine to open a double-figure advantage
Michael Blaszczyk opened a 13-0 run with a layup
Shawn Soelter dropped in a three-pointer at the 13:44 mark of the opening half to make the score 10-8 Benedictine
Kenny Bogus finished the stretch with a three, handing Benedictine an 18-8 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the half
The visitors twice slashed the lead down to five points but a late 7-0 run again pushed the margin to double-digits
Tahron Harvey opened the run with a jumper with 5:46 remaining in the half
Harvey finished the stretch with a jumper at the 3:31 marker to make the score 33-21
UW-Oshkosh scored the final five points of the half to pull within 33-26
Benedictine did not trail in the second half, responding to every Oshkosh run
The visitors were twice within two points
Leading 41-39, Benedictine scored seven straight to move ahead 50-41 on a layup from Brayden Olson
Benedictine netted nine straight points to pull away after Oshkosh clawed within five
Zach Gorney opened the run with a three-pointer and a triple from Olson accounted for a 61-47 score with just 6:36 left
Oshkosh pulled no closer than 11 points the remainder of the game
Benedictine scored a season low 68 points, but limited Oshkosh to a season low 55

Benedictine tallied 17 points off turnovers and received 24 points from the bench
Benedictine held a 33-26 advantage on the glass and amassed 28 points in the paint
Three players reached double figures for Benedictine
Blaszczyk notched a season high 20, knocking down 8-of-9 attempts including three triples
Harvey picked up 12 points to go with eight assists and five rebounds
Gorney came off the bench to contribute 10

Benedictine (2-2) opens the conference schedule at home on Wednesday night against Rockford. A new Top-25 from D3hoops.com will be released on Monday night.