Impressive Shooting on Display in Big Win Over Ohio Wesleyan

Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana
DELAWARE, Ohio – Capital University men's basketball team earned a big win against Ohio Wesleyan University, a team that won 25 games while also advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Both teams were evenly matched in the first half before Capital cashed in on some pivotal shots to pull away late in the second half.

Capital got off to a red-hot start, draining 12 of its first 14 shots. Sophomore guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky.) made his presence down low with three consecutive layups that contributed to his 4-for-4 mark through the first 10 minutes of the game. While the Crusaders were shooting 85.7 percent from the field, the Battling Bishops headed in the opposite directing, making 7-of-20 (.350). However, three of those seven shots came from 3-point land, allowing Ohio Wesleyan to keep the contest close.

OWU managed to pry the lead from Capital with a three ball from Seth Clark, making the score 30-28. Its hold on the lead did not last long as the Crusaders answered with a layup from Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) and a 3-point shot of their own from Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio). Both squads exchanged blows during the final minutes of the half before OWU scored a layup with six seconds left in the half, tying the game at 40 heading into intermission.

With Capital trailing 55-56 midway through the second half, senior guard Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) sparked an 11-1 that swung the momentum in Capital's favor. Geise drilled a shot from 3-point land seconds before teammate Gavin Wildermuth (Botkins, Ohio) followed suit with a three of his own. The run ended in the same fashion it began, a 3-point shot from Geise, giving the Crusaders a 10-point lead.  

Ohio Wesleyan was unable to recover from the run as it continued to struggle making shots for the rest of the night, trailing by as much as 17 with three minutes left to play.

Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) led Capital with 17 points, while finishing 7-of-13 (.538) from the field. Jackson also paced Capital with seven rebounds and five assists. Three other Crusaders finished in the double-digit point category including Geise, who tallied 11 points coming off the bench.

A pair of Battling Bishops combined for 40 of their team's points as Nate Axelrod and Ben Simpson scored 20 points apiece.

As a team, Capital finished 32-for-57 (.561) from the field and 7-of-11 (.636) from beyond the arc.

OWU was not as precise, making 26-of-72 (.361) field goals and 8-of-35 (.229) from 3-point range.

The Crusaders will have some time to savor the big win before returning to work on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Mt. St. Joseph. The game is slated to tipoff at 5 p.m.