Capital Suffers First Setback of the Season

Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team was in action Sunday night as they battled the Lions of Mount St. Joseph University. Curt Geise dropped a season-high 22 points in the losing effort.

After the Crusaders scored the first points of the game, the Lions answered with an 11-0 run.

With 4:23 left in the first half Capital trailed 37-27. Sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky.) made two free throws to cut the lead to 37-29. Capital went on a 14-5 run with freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio) scoring four of the team's 14 points. Senior Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio) accounted for five of those 14, including the last four points. Cap regained the lead 40-39, but Jake Cropper hit a 3-point shot as time expired to give the Lions a 42-40 lead going into the half.

Geise finished the first half with 12 points and one steal for the Crusaders. Jamison secured three rebounds to lead Cap. Schreck and senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) finished the half with six points each.

At 16:32 in the second half, Jackson hit a jumper to cut the Mount St. Joseph lead to 49-46. The Lions went on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 62-48. Geise hit a 3-pointer with 1:57 left in the game, to make the score 82-76. The Lions finished the game on a 5-0 run, making the final score 87-76.

Geise finished the game with a team-leading 22 points, added three rebounds and one steal. Schreck added 13 points with a rebound and an assist. Jackson also finished in double-digits with 10 points, brought down two rebounds, assisted on two baskets, and recorded two steals. Jamison led Capital with nine rebounds.

For the game, Cap shot 50.9 percent from the field. Capital outscored the Lions, 33-23, in points off of the bench. Cap also had the advantage in points off turnovers, 20-16. Both teams recorded 30 points in the paint.

Mount St. Joseph outscored Capital 17-7 in second chance points. The Lions also shot 62.5 percent from behind the arc.

With the loss, Capital falls to 4-1 on the season. The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 29, as they host the Tigers of Wittenberg University. This is the final game of the NCAC/OAC Challenge and tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.