Crusaders Rally in Second Half to Ice Polar Bears

Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney
Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University senior Michael Green served as a main catalyst for the men's basketball team's second-half turnaround in Saturday afternoon's 78-66 win over Ohio Northern University inside The Capital Center. Green scored 16 points in the second half, helping Capital outscore the Polar Bears by 18 points en route to their fifth victory of the season.

Green, a Dublin, Ohio native, scored a total of 18 points in the game, 16 of which came in the second half. The senior center went 6-for-13 from the field and added a team-high six rebounds, two steals and one block to his line, aiding in Capital's comeback victory.

Michael Green, Senior, Center

The Crusaders (5-3, 2-1 OAC) trailed coming out of the half, 35-29, but Green's three-ball from the top of the key trimmed the lead to two points near the 15-minute mark. Junior Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) also had a strong second half, and his four points near the midway point set up Green's free throws to cut the lead to one point, 52-51. Green again attacked the bucket shortly after, scoring Capital's next six points and to give Capital its first lead of the half.

Geise kept attacking the bucket and after converting a layup with a lot of contact to give the Crusaders a three-point lead, 50-47, head coach Andy Winters was assessed a technical foul. Despite Devon Allen hitting both free throws, which further enraged Capital's fire and thus began the team's breakaway.

Freshman Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio) hit a game-changing three, spurring a Capital 13-4 run to push the Crusaders' lead to 72-63. Senior Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) closed out yet another strong game with five points during that run.

Minch rebounded nicely from his previous game in which he finished with six points. Against the Polar Bears, Minch came back and scored a game- and season-high 25 points whilst shooting 62.5 percent (10-for-16) from the field.

Geise led all bench players with nine points, hitting all three field-goal attempts and adding a team-high seven rebounds in 18 minutes played.

Capital has now won five of its last six games with a nonconference matchup with Olivet College on the horizon next Thursday, Dec. 17. That game will prep the Crusaders for its rivalry road game against Otterbein University on Saturday, Dec. 19.