No. 13 Benedictine Knocks off No. 1 Columbia

Published 12/19 2013 12:19AM

Updated 12/19 2013 01:03AM

(ATCHISON, Kan.) In a season already peppered with marquee wins, the Benedictine men got their biggest yet to close out their 2013 slate.

Charlie Wallrap dropped 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the 13-ranked Ravens knocked off No. 1 Columbia College 73-59 at Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

The win is Benedictine's tenth straight since falling in overtime to Tabor College in the season opener, including victories over the first, second, and twenty-first ranked teams in the nation.

The Cougars (9-1) had own 45 consecutive regular season games dating back to Feb. 2, 2012 and 16 straight contests against Heart of America Conference opponents.

After falling behind early, the Ravens (10-1) came back to take a 37-31 lead at the break and remained on top for the entire second half. Columbia got within a possession at 47-45 with just over 11 minutes remaining, but couldn't catch Benedictine. 

Jallen Messersmith scored 15 points off the bench, while John Harris Jr. added 14. 

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