COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by senior Mark Minch's 24 points, Capital University Men's Basketball team rolled to a 87-62 victory over the Muskies of Muskingum University inside The Capital Center, Wednesday night. The Crusaders improved to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
Around the 14-minute mark of the first half, the Crusaders went on a 12-2 run that spanned seven minutes. Junior guard Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Coffman) went 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Jackson finished the game with nine points and a perfect 3-for-3 from outside the arc. Senior forward Mike Green (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) shot 75 percent from the field and finished the half with seven points.
Capital finished the first half shooting 50 percent from both the field and from 3-point range. The Crusaders took a 37-19 lead into the half.
Capital came out of the locker room guns blazing with a 12-2 run to start the second half. Senior guard Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Green accounted for all 12 points, Green scoring five points and Minch with the remaining seven points. Minch led all scoring in the second half with 16 points and finished the game with a game-high 24 points.
The Crusaders had an offensive explosion with 50 points in the second half. Even more impressive, Capital shot 63.6 percent from the field, a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range, and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. The Crusaders were strong on the boards, out-rebounding the Muskies, 44-26, which led to 17 second-chance points. Thirteen out of 16 players that hit the court for the Crusaders recorded at least one rebound. Capital scored 42 points inside the paint, more than double the Muskies' total.
Capital finished the game shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from deep, as a team. Their field goal shooting was their second-best performance of the season, only outdone by their showing versus Blackburn College (.740), and their 3-point shooting served as a new single-game season high by percentage.
Jarrell Marsh and Rickey Wilson led the Muskies with 10 points, each. Thirty-four of 62 points for Muskingum came from players off the bench. The Muskies have fallen to 4-12 overall and 1-8 in the OAC.
The Crusaders, now 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference, surpassed last season's win total. Capital will be in action again on Saturday at 3 p.m. as they travel to Ohio Northern University.