COLUMBUS, Ohio – Both on and off of the court, Capital University displayed great successes during Wednesday night's men's basketball game against Wilmington College. A superb crowd filled the stands at The Cap Center, watching Mark Minch dazzle with stellar play while Capital hosted a fundraising and cancer awareness event in honor of Head Coach Damon Goodwin as part of Suits and Sneakers Week. The Crusaders defeated the Fightin' Quakers, 81-71.
Mark Minch postgame interview (YouTube)
Both teams provided a show with a pair of fast-paced starts, leading to 19 combined points over the first four minutes of the game. Neither Capital or Wilmington missed a shot in that span of time, but that trend quickly reversed for both teams despite the speed of the game remaining high.
After the fast start the Crusader defense showed up and limited the Quakers to 34.6 percent from the field. The Capital defense forced seven turnovers and was strong on the glass, as well, hauling in 18 defensive rebounds. Seniors Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio/ Coffman) led the Crusaders in the first half with 16 and eight points, respectively. Green has a well-round first half, chipping in with three blocks, four rebounds and one assist, as well.
With their help, Capital took a 40-29 lead into the half and at one point built a 16-point lead over the Quakers, its largest of the game.
While the game looked well in-hand for the Crusaders, Wilmington (3-13, 2-8 OAC) came out as quick as the first half on both ends. While instituting a press on defense to slow Capital, the Quakers started the half on with an 11-2 run cutting the hosts' lead to just four. The Crusaders responded with a 10-2 run of their own, led by Minch scoring six of those points.
Both teams battled bucket-for-bucket for the remainder of the game. Twice, the Quakers created a two-possession contest with plenty of time left on the clock, but the Crusaders fended off the Quaker attack just enough to complete the win. Capital's .600 field goal percentage in the second half surely aided in that finish.
|Mark Minch postgame interview
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Three Crusaders recorded double-digit points. Minch led all scoring with 32, a new career-high, on 11-of-16 (.688) shooting from the field. He also added seven rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Green added 16 and junior Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio/ Delphos St. John's) added 15 points. Freshman Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio), led Capital with eight rebounds while classmate Austin Schreck (Erlonger, Ky.) added seven tough boards.
The Quakers were led by Zach McCorkle with 16 points and eight rebounds. Christian Jones chipped in with 15 points and D.J. Iles added 13 for Wilmington.
A huge crowd showed up to The Capital Center to support the Coaches vs. Cancer's event, Suits and Sneakers Week that all schools from the Ohio Athletic Conference and the North Coast Athletic Conference are participating in. Seven hundred dollars were raised for the American Cancer Society in donations and t-shirt sales. Half of the admission fees from Wednesday's game will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Both donations will be made in honor of Capital head men's basketball coach, Damon Goodwin.
The Crusaders improve to 10-8 overall and 6-5 in the OAC. Capital will return to action as they travel to University of Mount Union on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m.