UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team was in action Tuesday night for the first round of the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament. The No. 7 Crusaders had their upset bid fall short in an 83-71 loss to the second-seeded Blue Streaks, thus ending their season.
Each team used a set of runs to jostle the lead back and forth over the course of the first half. Capital jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the first. The Blue Streaks responded with a 9-0 run of their own but the Crusaders retaliated with seven unanswered points to retake the lead. Capital took a two-point lead into the half thanks to a last-second layup by freshman Joe Thomas (Columbus, Ohio/Centennial).
The Blue Streaks lived up to their name after beginning the second half with a 12-3 run that spanned the first three-and-a-half minutes. Capital answered with a 12-2 run to retake the lead. The Crusaders' four-point lead dissipated though they maintained a 63-62 advantage with eight minutes remaining the game. The Crusaders were held to just six points for the remainder of the contest behind 3-of-12 shooting from the field and four turnovers during that time.
Senior Michael Green (Dublin, Ohio/ Coffman) led the scoring for the Crusaders in the half with nine points and added three rebounds. Thomas finished the half with eight points and three rebounds.
Green finished the game with a game-high 19 points. He added five rebounds three assists and one block. Thomas finished the game with 12 points. He added four rebounds and one assist. Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. Mark Minch added 10 points, four rebounds and one steal. Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio) led the team with seven rebounds. The Crusaders had an advantage in rebounding, 38-34, and points in the paint, 40-34.
John Carroll forced 20 Capital turnovers, resulting in 25 points.
Ryan Farragher led the scoring effort for John Carroll with 16 points. David Linane and Will Starks both added 14 points each. Doug Caputo and Simon Kucharewicz both had double-digit efforts with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Crusaders finish the season 12-14 overall and 8-10 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.