COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University Men's Basketball team lost a tough battle to Heidelberg University Wednesday night at The Capital Center, 75-73.
The game started off with teams trading baskets for the first seven minutes of the game. At this juncture in the game Heidelberg began to run a full court press. At first, the Crusaders struggled handling the pressure, which led to the Student Princes building an eight-point lead. Capital clawed back from the deficit, in large part to senior Michael Green's (Dublin, Ohio/ Coffman) nine points and eight rebounds. Capital took a 39-37 lead into the half.
After making some halftime adjustments, the Crusaders were able to beat Heidelberg's full court press. Senior Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) dropped 16 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 22 points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Crusaders trailed by four with only 24 seconds left on the clock. Junior Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) hit a pair of free throws cutting the lead to just two. After missed free throw on the other end by Heidelberg, Capital ran a set play to open up a shooter in the far corner. Geise drove to the inside and kicked it out to Tyrel Jackson, but the junior was unable to convert on the open 3-point attempt, missing short on the attempt. Heidelberg secured the defensive rebound and sealed the win, 75-73.
Freshman Joe Thomas (Columbus, Ohio/ Centennial) tied a career-high in points with 15 off the bench. Green finished with his first double-double on the season with a game-high 11 rebounds and 15 points. He finished with a game-high seven assists, just three shy of a triple-double.
The Crusaders held advantages over Heidelberg in multiple categories despite the loss. They outscored Heidelberg in the paint, 40-20 and on the fast break, 8-4. They possessed the advantage in assists 18-11 as well as second-chance points, 8-6.
Kiere Bennie and Deonte Holder led the Student Princes with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Bennie also had a team-high six rebounds.
Capital returns to action on the road Saturday, Feb. 20 against Baldwin Wallace. The Crusaders will be playing for a potential home playoff game but needs help in order to do so. Capital needs an Ohio Northern University loss to Marietta College, Heidelberg to lose to Otterbein, and the Crusaders must win against Baldwin Wallace.