Men’s Basketball Nets First Win of Season, 93-68 Over Blackburn

(photo credit: Jeff Mills)
(photo credit: Jeff Mills)

SEWANEE, Tenn. – Led by senior Mark Minch, the Capital University men's basketball team had a remarkable shooting night in its 93-68 win over Blackburn College, Friday night. Capital will return to Juhan Gymnasium at Sewanee: University of the South as part of its weekend stay tomorrow afternoon.

In just his third game with Capital, Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) shot better than 80 percent from field-goal range to pace the Crusaders in their win over the Beavers. Sixteen of his game-high 22 points came in the second half where he was a perfect 6-for-6 shooting while adding four free-throw makes.

Three of Capital's five starters finished with 10 or more points on the night and all five scored eight or more. Joining Minch in double figures was senior Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) and freshman Austin Schreck (Erlonger, Ky./Dixie Heights) with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Capital exploded offensively by shooting 74 percent from the field over the course of the game. The Crusaders bettered that mark in the second half, shooting at an 84 percent (21-25) clip in the second half.

While Blackburn (Ill.) shot a respectable 47.4 percent from field-goal range, they fell behind by 16 points in the first half and were unable to recover. They were outscored 48-39 in the second half, leading to its 25-point defeat. Jordan McMillen and Chris Davis each had 12 points to lead the Beavers, offensively.

Both teams committed more than 20 turnovers, each, but the Crusaders converted on their opportunities at a higher rate with 37 points off turnovers compared to Blackburn's 15. Capital also held the advantage with 64 points in the paint to the Beavers' 40.

Capital (1-2) will end its stay at Sewanee by playing Boyce the College at Southern (Ky.) from the National Christian College Association of America (NCCAA). Sewanee defeated Boyce (2-5), 78-63, prior to Capital's game against Blackburn.

The Bulldogs and Crusaders will open Saturday action at 1 p.m. from Juhan Gymnasium. Live statistics will be provided to follow the game.