COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's men's basketball team fell behind in the early going against the John Carroll Blue Streaks which set the tone for Saturday afternoon's game at the Capital Center.
John Carroll (21-0, 14-0 OAC) shot out of the gate, scoring the first 13 points of the game, including back-to-back 3-pointers from guard Danny Wallack. In the first four minutes, the Blue Streaks built a comfortable 18-2 lead.
The Crusaders (10-11, 6-8) chipped away at the deficit as Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky.) combined for 14 points, bringing the score to 34-25 in favor of John Carroll.
The Blue Streaks continued to lead throughout the second half, applying a stiff full-court press defense.
Capital stayed in the contest in the first half using the charity stripe, making 13-of-18 (.722).
The Blue Streaks had four players reach double-digit scoring totals as Wallack led the way with 22. David Linane scored 16 with Simon Kucharewicz and Ryan Farragher adding 14.
Schreck reached a season high with 16 points. The freshman guard was precise from the field, going 4-for-5 (.800). He was also accurate from the free throw line, making 8-of-12 (.667).
Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio) and Minch also scored double-digit points with 13 and 12, respectively.
Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) was feisty in the paint, leading the Crusaders with nine rebounds and a 5-for-5 mark in his free throw opportunities.
John Carroll did most of its damage from 3-point range as it made 12 of its 21 attempts (.571). The Blue Streaks finished 29-of-55 (.527) from the field and 21-of-29 (.724) in free throws.
On the home side, Capital struggled to hit its shots, finishing 20-of-56 (.357) in field goals and 3-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Crusaders had a good showing from the charity stripe ending the day making 29-of-37 (.784).
Capital will look three-game skid on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Muskingum University (5-15, 2-11). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.