WILMINGTON, Ohio – Capital University freshman Will Hannah's play at both ends of the court helped the men's basketball team break away from Wilmington College and take in a 79-67 win on the road. The Crusaders have now won their fourth straight game to improve to 4-2 overall.
Capital enjoyed a modest two-point lead at halftime, 36-34, and though the lead swapped hands in the second half, neither team led by more than four points. With seven minutes remaining in the game, Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio) began what would prove to be Capital's breakaway to victory. He and fellow freshman Austin Schreck (Erlonger, Ky.) connected for a layup, and a three-point lead. At the 4:30 mark, Hannah stole the ball away from DJ Iles which led to a four-point swing. After senior Mark Minch was fouled and split a trip the free throw line, senior Michael Green corralled the offensive rebound. Minch swung it around to Hannah who hit a three to push the score to 64-59.
That trey was the first of three Hannah was involved with inside a 2:15 period of time. He hit a second 3-pointer to increase that lead to seven points and assisted on another, setting up Schreck to break it open with 1:51 to go and a 10-point advantage. Hannah finished the night with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. He filled out his stat line with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.
Capital shot a cool 50 percent from field-goal range over the course of the game. Minch ended with a game-high 23 points, though 11 of those came at the charity stripe while he shot 6-of-12 from the field. The Crusaders were sent to the line 33 times, connecting on 25 attempts (.758).
Despite Christian Jones' team-high 22 points on a 50 percent shooting night, Wilmington cooled off in the second half, knocking down just 33 percent of its shots. The Quakers struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 6-for-27 (.222) from long range. Even just having committed 13 turnovers, those extra opportunities ended in 20 Capital points.
Capital post player Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) also had a solid night with 10 points, six rebounds and one block. Junior Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) posted 11 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes off of the bench.
The Crusaders (3-2, 1-0 OAC) will bring the action back to The Capital Center where they will host 2014-15 OAC Tournament Champion and preseason favorite, University of Mount Union. The Purple Raiders and Crusaders will tip off at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 5.
Saturday will mark the CUSSM/@CapCrazies Ugly Christmas Sweater Night, so dust off that attention-grabber and wear it to the game for a chance to win!