Men’s Hoops Takes Advantage of BW’s Slow Start in 75-62 Road Win

Pictured: Joey Weingartner (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Joey Weingartner (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball won its fourth straight game with a 75-62 victory on the road against Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders took advantage of early struggles by the host Yellow Jackets, and featured another hot shooting day by shooting better than 50 percent, overall. Joey Weingartner paced Capital with 20 points off of the bench.

Baldwin Wallace (6-3, 1-3 OAC) missed each of its first 11 field goal attempts with its only points over the first 8:42 of play coming from the charity stripe. While the Yellow Jackets struggled to shoot, Capital built a 9-5 lead, while handling its own shooting struggles. Capital went 4-for-14 from the field in the meantime, but would eventually turn things around on the offensive end.

With the score 9-8 in favor of Cap, the Purple and White's two leading scorers turned it down with consecutive buckets to inflate the lead to 17-8. Freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky.) broke through the BW defense and then sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers. The duo was not done. With the score 17-8, Yahaya hit another layup to continue a streak of 14 straight points scored by the pair.

Even though Yahaya and Weingartner stole the show over a four-minute span of time that allowed Capital to take a 25-11 lead, the guests continued their run that plateaued at 20-6. Sophomore Gavin Wildermuth got in on the scoring to provide some variety to the box score, and defense reigned in the final 1:56, where no team scored a point leading to a 32-18 halftime score in favor of Capital.

Fifteen of Weingartner's team-leading 20 points were scored in the first half and nearly equaled the total output of the entire BW team. The Yellow Jackets shot just 17.9 percent from the field and hit just three of their 16 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.

While the second half fared much better for the hosts, Capital actually improved upon its 43.3 percent field goal shooting percentage from the opening half. In the second, the Purple and White knocked down 63 percent of their shots, this time lead by freshman post player Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). After being held to just two points and 0-for-4 from the field in the first half, Jamison broke out for 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the second. He finished with a new career-high 14 points and added 13 rebounds, good for his second career double-double.

Yahaya also had a strong second half, hitting 6-of-7 shots for 12 points, closing out his line at 16 points and six boards.

The Yellow Jackets outscored the Purple and White narrowly, 44-43. Despite its offense coming alive in the second, Capital was able to match their output and keep its 14-point lead intact. Capital held two of the Ohio Athletic Conference's leading scorers in check after Cam Kuhn was held to 20 points and Jake Fetherolf to just eight. Eleven of Kuhn's 20 points came from the free-throw line and he shot just 6-for-11 from the field.

The win is impressive considering the Yellow Jackets come off of a 121-59 victory over the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (Pa.) and an overtime loss to Muskingum. The win also extends Capital's win streak to four games and comes off the heels of a big double-digit point win over previously unbeaten and nationally-ranked Denison University just two days ago.

Capital will not play again until the turn of the New Year. Their next game will be on the road at Wilmington College on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The next time they return to The Capital Center will be on Saturday, Jan. 7 when they host John Carroll University.