COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's basketball suffered an 81-67 setback to John Carroll on Saturday in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at the Capital Center.
Junior forward Andrew Bolka (Xenia, Ohio) led the Crusaders in scoring for the second straight game, tallying 16 points, on six of seven shooting, while also hauling in six rebounds.
Capital struggled from the field in the first half of play, as they shot 35.7 percent, but the Crusaders combated their offensive struggles, capitalizing on 12 of 14 free throws in the opening frame.
Four Crusader players attempted at least two free throws in the opening half, as sophomore guard AJ Dixon (Hilliard, Ohio) led the team shooting a perfect six of six from the foul line in the first half.
John Carroll finished the opening half with a 44.8 percent mark from the field, thanks large in part to timely baskets which helped them take a six point lead at halftime.
As the second half unfolded, the Crusaders cut the deficit to a two-point game game, at 54 to 52, with just over 10 and a half minutes remaining in regulation.
However, the Blue Streaks converted on multiple second chance points, tallying 10 of their 17 in the second half, as opposed to the Crusaders mark of eight on the afternoon.
The Blue Streaks built their lead up to double figures with six minutes left in regulation, only to extend it to as many as 17 points late in the second half, eventually winning by 14 points.
Junior guard Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio) followed Bolka in the Capital scorebook, recording 12 points and four rebounds on five of nine shooting.
Senior forward Jared Cashen (Norwalk, Ohio) also helped lead the scoring attack for the Crusaders, totaling nine points and two rebounds, while Dixon also finished with nine points, seven of them coming off of free throws.
Junior guard Mike Augustine (Lexington, Ohio) chipped in eight points and two rebounds for the Crusaders.
With the loss, Capital (3-5 overall, 1-2 OAC) is now set to conclude the 2013 portion of its season, as they travel to Lexington, Kentucky for the Transylvania Tournament on Dec. 17-18.
The Crusaders first game will be against Maryville (Tenn.) at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, while the next day's matchup is yet to be determined.