SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team was unable to find its offensive rhythm for the against the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops in the Pam Evans Smith Arena on Tuesday evening.
The squads exchanged blows throughout the majority of the first half before Ohio Wesleyan (2-0) put together a 12-4 run before intermission, highlighted by a Nate Axelrod 3-pointer. The Battling Bishops carried its momentum into the second half with an 8-2 run.
Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio) attempted to stop the bleeding when he cut Ohio Wesleyan's lead to eight with a three ball, but the Battling Bishops kept firing.
Capital (0-2) was able to pull within six after a pair of 3-pointers from Jackson and Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio). With the game clock under two minutes, the Crusaders were forced to foul as the Battling Bishops continued to convert from the free throw line.
The Crusaders got the best of Ohio Wesleyan in the stat sheet, shooting 22-for-59 from the field while making 8-of-29 from beyond the arc. Capital also pulled down 41 rebounds with 21 points in the paint.
The Battling Bishops drained only three 3-pointers out of 23 attempts. Its biggest advantage came from the charity striped where it made 21-of-25 (.840).
Jackson's three made 3-pointer's made him Capital's leading scorer with nine. The junior guard also recorded six boards, a steal, a block and an assist.
Ohio Wesleyan's Claude Gray led all players with 11 points. Gray shot 11-of-12 from the free throw line.
Capital will continue its early season road trip as it travels to Sewanee, Tenn. where it will face the Blackburn College Beavers on Friday, Nov. 20.