WESTERVILLE, Ohio – In round one of this year's cross-town rivalry, the Capital University men's basketball team took it to the Cardinals of Otterbein University. The Crusaders put up 43 second-half points and stymied the Cardinals' offense to lead to a 77-60 victory at the Rike Center, Saturday evening.
Capital (7-3, 3-1 OAC) led by just two points coming out of the half, but immediately began asserting its force with a 9-3 run to begin the second stanza, capped off by a 3-pointer by A.J. Dixon (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby). Otterbein kept within four points approaching the midway point of the period, but another 9-0 run served as the tipping point that swayed the game in Capital's favor. That run began with Austin Schreck splitting a pair of free throw. Senior Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) chipped in a deuce off of a drive to the rack, which was followed by the first of two 3-pointers by freshman Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio). Capital outscored Otterbein 16-4 in a 2:46 span to bring home their seventh win of the year.
At one time, Hannah scored eight of 10 points scored in a two-minute session, accounting for all of his points in the contest. That run broke Capital's lead open to 14 points, 63-49. Otterbein was unable to recover after being held to just 28 second-half points and a 17.9 percent (5-for-28) field goal shooting percentage in the final 20 minutes.
Capital shot 55 percent from the field over the course of the game, led by senior Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio). Minch posted his first 30-point game as a Crusader, hitting 14-of-22 shot attempts, overall. He finished with 30 points and six rebounds.
Dixon and Schreck both finished 13 points. Schreck went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field while Dixon shot 5-for-9. Schreck also brought down a team-high eight rebounds.
On the other side of the court, Jake Phillis led three Otterbein double-digit scorers with 21 points, despite shooting just 6-of-16. Grant Fenner (17) and Marc McCuen (10) followed up as Cardinals points leaders. Otterbein is now 2-8 overall, 1-4 in the OAC.
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Capital has now won three straight games and seven of its last eight. They will break for the holidays and return to action on Jan. 4 at John Carroll University.