Depth Impresses as Men's Basketball Knocks Off Mt. St. Joseph

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's men's basketball team earned it's third win of the season, defeating Mt. St. Joseph at the Capital Center on Sunday night, 77-56.

Both teams traded blows in the first ten minutes until Capital (3-2) took control after going on 19-4 run. The Crusaders' flurry of points begin with a trio of 3-pointers. The first three ball was made by A.J. Dixon (Hilliard, Ohio) with the next two coming from senior guard Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio).  Capital's  was able to take advantage of a pair of Mt. St. Joseph (1-3) fouls that turned into three-point plays as Joe Thomas (Columbus, Ohio) and Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) made buckets despite being fouled.

The Lions looked to erase some of the damage with a pair layups but Capital continued to convert from beyond the arc as Gavin Wildermuth (Botkins, Ohio) and Dixon drained 3-pointers, giving Capital a 40-22 lead at the half.

The Crusaders controlled the Lions for the remainder of the game, led by Minch who scored 10 second half points.

Capital had four players reach double-digit scoring figures. Minch once again leads the Crusaders with 17 points, followed by Dixon (12), Thomas (11), and Geise (11).  Freshman forward Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio) came off the bench to lead all players with six boards, four on defense and two on offense.

Andrew Finley came off the bench to lead the Lions with 13 points, while guard Femi Thompson contributed with 12.

Capital shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point territory. The Crusaders missed only once from the charity striped, making 10-of-11 (.909).

The Crusaders will return to action when they face their first Ohio Athletic Conference opponent at Wilmington College on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.