BEREA, Ohio -- Capital University's men's basketball team put forth a valiant effort against Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday afternoon in Ursprung Gymnasium but it was not enough to pull off the victory.
The two squads exchanged blows in the first half as freshman guard Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio) hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 14 with 10 minutes left until the half. With both teams struggling to take control, senior Mark Minch (Cincinnati, Ohio) made a layup and a trio of free throws to give Capital (12-13, 8-10 OAC) a 35-32 advantage at intermission.
The second half started in favor of Baldwin Wallace (15-10, 10-8 OAC) as freshman guard Jay Battle made three-straight layups. At the 17-minute mark, the Yellow Jackets began a 12-4 run that was highlighted by 3-point jumpers from Zack Brandy and Brandon Gleim. The run gave Baldwin Wallace a 52-43 lead.
The Crusaders spent the rest of the half playing catchup before pulling within two after a 3-point jump shot from Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio). The Yellow Jackets made 7-of-8 free throw attempts, five coming from Gleim, in the last minute to hold Capital off.
Minch eclipsed the 400-point mark in conference play as he led Capital with 21 points. The forward nearly recorded a double-double with nine rebounds. Three other Crusaders reached double-digit point totals as Austin Schreck (Erlonger, Ky.) scored 15 and Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) and Joe Thomas (Columbus, Ohio) added 12 apiece.
The Yellow Jackets had four players score double-digit totals as well with Cam Kuhn's 24 points leading the way.
As a team, the Crusaders recorded 36 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, and four blocks. The Yellow Jackets managed 40 boards, seven assists, six steals and a block. Capital went 29-of-67 (.433)from the field compared to Baldwin Wallace's 25-of-56 (.446).
The No. 7 Crusaders will take on No. 2 John Carroll University (22-3, 15-3 OAC) in the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament. The game will be play in University Heights, Ohio at 7:30 on Tuesday, February 23.