Capital Falls to Wilmington in First Game of 2017

Capital Falls to Wilmington in First Game of 2017

WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team kicked off 2017 with a road trip to Wilmington, Ohio. Joey Weingartner posted career-high 23 points and Austin Schreck added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in Capital's 92-82 loss against Wilmington College.

The Crusaders jumped out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to two baskets by freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio) and sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio). The Fightin' Quakers responded with a 3-pointer and two free throws to take a 5-4 lead with just under 18 minutes remaining in the first half.

After a made Weingartner jump shot, Wilmington's Andrew Russell made two free throws followed by a 3-point basket by Nathan Scott, which gave the Quakers a 16-12 lead.

Senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) drained a 3-point shot, which cut the Wilmington lead to 16-15. Freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky.) stripped the Quaker ball handler and sprinted down the court for a fast break slam dunk. Yahaya added layup which was assisted by Jackson, giving Cap a 19-16 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half.

After two Russell free throws, Capital's Schreck made two shots from the charity stripe. Weingartner then drained a shot from long range, extending the Cap lead to 26-20 with 8:23 left in the half.

The lead changed back and forth, before Wilmington went on a 6-0 run right before the end of the half. Sophomore Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio) tipped in a missed Cap shot to tie the game at 42, heading into the half.

Weingartner led Cap with 17 points at the halfway mark. Jackson added 10 points. Schreck had a half-high six rebounds. The Crusaders held a slim edge, shooting 53.3 percent from the field to Wilmington's 50 percent.

The Fightin' Quakers started the second half with an 8-2 run, which gave them a 50-44 lead with 17:48 left in the game.

Capital responded with a 6-2 run, led by freshman Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/ Bishop Watterson) who scored four of the team's six points.

The Crusaders went on a 10-4 run that gave Cap a 70-68 lead with 6:28 left in the game.

Wilmington answered with an 11-3 run that lasted four minutes, which helped them regain the lead, 79-73.

Capital was unable to overcome the deficit and Wilmington won the game 92-82.

Schreck scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half to lead all scorers in the half. He added a game-high 14 rebounds, two shy of his career best, earning him his second double-double on the season. Weingartner posted a career-high 23 points and added six boards. Yahaya finished the game with 13 points off of the bench.

Jackson added 18 points, making it 11 games in a row with 10 or more points. He chipped in with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Wilmington saw two players record 20+ points. Russell had a game-high 29 and Scott added 20 points off of the bench.

Cap scored more points off turnovers 18-16. Capital produced 20 second chance points compared to Wilmington's 15. The Crusaders held a huge advantage in points in the paint, 40-28. Cap had the upper hand in fast-break points, 19-7.

Wilmington had leverage with 36 points off of the bench in comparison to Capital's 17.

With the loss, Capital falls to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in OAC play. The Crusaders return to action this Saturday, Jan. 7, as they host the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.