SEWANEE, Tenn. – After trailing by eight points to Boyce College (Ky.), the Capital University men's basketball team clawed back to tie the game and induce overtime. Senior A.J. Dixon brought home the Crusaders' second win over the weekend with a clutch, last-second 3-pointer to help Capital defeat Boyce, 84-81.
Both offenses traded blows once they reached the overtime session, beginning with the first of three 3-point makes by Hilliard, Ohio native, A.J. Dixon. The senior guard hit his first trey 31 seconds into the extra period, but the Bulldogs answered and tied the game twice before climbing ahead with Maxx Katzbeck's 3-point make with 1:30 to go.
Dixon answered the call again to tie the game at 81-81 with 1:09 to go. Boyce came down the floor and attempted another 3-point shot but missed, and senior guard Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) came down with a key defensive rebound to set up the go-ahead possession. Out of a timeout, the Crusaders set up the play and Dixon for the final time drained the game-winner from 3-point range with four seconds to go.
Dixon scored nine of his game-high 25 points in the overtime session, this coming after scoring just eight in the entire second half. He finished shooting 9-of-18 from the field and 7-for-14 from behind the arc. Dixon also added eight rebounds to help Capital win the battle of the boards (39-35) and second-chance points (35-8).
Minch turned in a solid supporting line with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, plus six rebounds and three assists. He was one of five Crusaders to post 10 or more points, joining freshmen Will Hannah (17), Joe Thomas (11) and Austin Schreck (10) in that effort.
Hannah and senior Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) added some solid defense with each posting three blocks.
Boyce (2-6), a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), put up quite a fight. They were paced by its leading scorer Ben Akers (22). Trey Stewart added a double-double effort with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from distance.
Capital (2-2) has now won back-to-back games and scored more than 80 points in each. Minch was named to the all-tournament team for his weekend line that included an average of 18 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, four steals, five assists, and a 70 percent field goal shooting success rate.
The Crusaders will host a White Out (presented by the CUSSM and @CapCrazies) as part of its home opener against Mount St. Joseph University next Sunday, Nov. 29. Game time is set for 6 p.m.