NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University's men's basketball team pulled out a narrow victory against the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies at Performance Court Wednesday night.
The two squads exchanged blows until Muskingum (5-16, 2-12) put together a 7-0 run to create separation with three minutes left in the half. The run was started by a 3-pointer by junior forward Brenden Mathews while teammate Jarrell Marsh ended it with a momentum-shifting dunk. The Muskies took a 44-37 lead into intermission.
The second half played out much like the first as neither team could pull away. Capital (11-11, 7-8 OAC) slowly chipped away at Muskingum's lead until four-straight made free throw shots from Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky.) gave the Crusaders a 70-68 advantage, Capital's first lead since midway through the first half. Schreck wasn't finished, pulling down a defensive rebound before laying in a shot to score his sixth-straight points.
Following a pair of successful free throws from the Muskies, Green hit a 3-pointer to extend Capital's lead to five with 3:08 left in the game. With 43 tics left, he hit another clutch shot to bring the score to 77-73.
Muskingum refused to quit, as it was able to pull within two by way of a Ricky Wilson jumper. With little time remaining, the Muskies were forced to foul Capital, allowing the Crusaders to make six free throws in a row to seal the 83-78 victory.
Capital finished the night shooting 29-of-57 (.509) from the field and 21-of-31 (.677) from the free throw line. The Crusaders were tough down low, outscoring the Muskies 38-28 in the paint.
The Crusaders nearly had three players score 20-plus points as Minch finished with 25, Green with 21 and Schreck with career high of 19 points. Schreck paced Capital with four assists.
The Crusaders return home to take on archrival Otterbein University in the first part of the men's and women's doubleheader. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.