By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#7: Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale
Moving along in our countdown, the seventh spot in the list belongs to one of the most exciting, heart-pounding and nail-biting contests The Capital Center has seen in quite some time.
On Feb. 17, the final day of the regular season for Capital Men's Basketball, the Crusaders found themselves locked in a battle with the Ohio Athletic Conference-leading John Carroll University Blue Streaks. In a game featuring fast-paced action and physical play, John Carroll's largest lead of the game, four points, came just 2:37 into the first half and the Blue Streaks never led by more than one the rest of the contest. Fifteen lead changes and three ties over the remaining 37 minutes ended in an 85-80 Capital win and JCU's fourth loss of the season.
The Crusaders and Blue Streaks battled back and forth for the vast majority of the first half but after halftime Capital started to gain the upper hand. Throughout the final 20 minutes, the Crusaders slowly but surely built up an advantage that reached nine point at the 14:18 mark of the second half. With an eight-point lead and only seven minutes to play, the Blue Streaks cut the lead to four and then three points over the next two minutes. True to how they played all game the Crusaders never folded and the lead swelled again. Freshman guard Cameron Caldwell nailed a reverse layup and junior guard Austin Schreck cashed in two free throws to give Capital breathing room again.
The dagger came with 55 seconds left via a triple off the fingertips of Schreck that pushed the back to seven and sent the Capital fans into a frenzy.
Schreck led all players with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and he chipped in six rebounds and four assists. Caldwell poured in 12 points and dished out a career-high six assists and Gavin Wildermuth scored a career-best 12 points.
Honorable mention: Come-from-behind win over Otterbein features huge dunk and block for Men's Basketball
In another exciting game in The Capital Center, the Crusaders came from behind to defeat winless Otterbein University in a game that featured two huge plays.
Trailing 36-27 in the first half, Capital wing Will Hannah had the ball stolen but responded by sprinting down the court, matching the Otterbein player stride for stride and swatting his ensuing layup attempt and juicing the Capital crowd. The block sparked a 10-0 for the Crusaders and Capital went into halftime leading 40-39. They did not trail for the rest of the game.
Later in the contest, with Capital up 62-48 with 10:40 left to play, the Crusaders put an exclamation point on the win. As an Otterbein player tried to cross through the paint, Caldwell swiped at the ball to knock it loose and dove on the floor to recover the loose ball. After gathering the ball, Caldwell pushed the ball ahead to Schreck who passed it to Hannah on the fast break. Hannah then dumped the ball off to Ganiyu Yahaya who coasted down the paint and slammed it home with the left hand.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale -- link
Moment #6 - Wednesday, July 11
Moment #5 - Friday, July 13
Moment #4 - Monday, July 16
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 18
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23
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