COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team was in action Tuesday night, at the Capital Center, as it battled with the Tigers of Wittenberg University in the final match-up of the NCAC/OAC Challenge. Austin Schreck finished with a game-high 15 points.
With 9:06 left in the first half Wittenberg held a 20-17 lead. After 3:19 of scoreless action, freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky.) scored six unanswered points to give Cap a 23-20 lead. Yahaya was part of something you don't see much in basketball, back-to-back fast break alley-oops. The first one was assisted by senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) and the second by sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio).
Cody Phillipi, of Wittenberg, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Tigers a 30-27 lead heading into the half.
In the first half, sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky.) scored eight points to lead Cap and was tied for a half-high. Yahaya added six in the half. Weingartner recorded three steals. Freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio) grabbed five rebounds to lead all players.
Capital came out shooting in the second half. Weingartner drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 30. 36 seconds later, Schreck made a layup to give Capital a 32-30 lead.
Scoring went back-and-forth until the 15-minute mark in the second half, when the Tigers held a five-point lead.
Capital answered with a 6-0 run, after a Weingartner 3-point basket, giving Cap a 40-39 lead with 12:49 remaining in the second half.
After two free throws from the Tigers, the Crusaders trailed 63-60 with 18 seconds left in the game. Capital managed to take a 3-pointer with seven seconds left and received a fortunate bounce on the rebound off of a Wittenberg player. Capital missed another last second 3-point shot, giving Wittenberg the 63-60 win.
Despite the loss, Cap played solid defensively, holding the Tigers to just 39.6 percent from the field. The Crusaders defense forced nine turnovers, which led to 12 points. Capital held the advantage in points off turnovers, 12-4. The Cap defense blocked five Wittenberg shots. Capital had a huge 10-0 deferential in fast break points.
Schreck finished with a game-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot. Jackson added 12 points, five boards, five assists and one shot block. Jamison produced a game-high nine rebounds.
With the loss, Capital falls to 4-2 on the season. The Crusaders open conference play this Saturday, as they travel to Ada, Ohio to battle the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.