TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team took to the road to battle Heidelberg University. Senior Tyrel Jackson scored a game-high 17 points in Cap's come from behind victory, 59-53.
The Crusaders started the game with a 6-3 run. After a 3-point basket by Heidelberg's Kiere Bennie tied the game at 6-6, Cap answered with six unanswered points to extend its lead to 12-6. Senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) scored four of the team's six during the stretch.
The Student Princes went on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 14 with 10:11 left in the first half. Bennie accounted for half of the points on the run.
Freshman Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Oak Hills) knocked down a free throw after being fouled by the Heidelberg defender.
After the free throw, Heidelberg went on a 12-2 run and took a 26-17 lead with 5:09 left in the half. Chris Moxley led Heidelberg on the streak with four points.
Capital ended the half by outscoring the Student Princes, 7-5, as both teams struggled to score in the remaining 5:09. The Student Princes led 31-23 at the half.
Jackson along with freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/ Strongsville) led the way for the Crusaders with eight points at the break. Jackson, Cox and sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./ Dixie Heights) all had three rebounds each.
Bennie led all scorers with 10 for Heidelberg.
Jamison made the first bucket of the second half to extend the Heidelberg lead to 31-26. The Student Princes rallied for the next five points to stretch the lead to 10 points, 36-26. The Crusaders responded with an 8-2 run led by Jackson with five points, which cut the lead to 38-34 with 16:38 left in regulation.
After C.J. Marshall made a 3-point shot, Capital went on 9-0 run, led by sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/ Centerville) with five points. Jackson scored the other four, one was a slam dunk and the two came via the charity stripe. Cap took a 43-41 lead.
Not to be outdone, Heidelberg responded with six unanswered to regain the lead 47-43, led by Myron Prewitt.
Schreck then took things into his hands by scoring eight points in four minutes. Freshman Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/ Bishop Watterson) decided to join the fun by draining a shot from behind the arc. Cap held a 54-47 lead with 4:50 left on the clock.
Heidelberg fought back thanks to a 6-2 run featuring three different scorers, which cut the Cap lead down to 56-53.
With 24 ticks left on the clock, Jamison made a layup to give Capital a 58-53 lead. Freshman Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/ Brecksville) recorded an offensive rebound before being fouled. Auble made 1-of-2 free throws to give Cap a 59-53 score with seven seconds left in the game.
Jackson finished with a game-high 17 points and game-high seven assists. He added four rebounds and three steals. Jamison set career highs in points with 15 and steals with four. He also chipped in with six boards, three blocks and one assist. Schreck and Cox tied for the game high with seven rebounds each. Schreck tabbed eight points and two steals.
The Crusader defense held Heidelberg to 36.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from long range. Cap's defense also forced 19 turnovers while accumulating 28 defensive rebounds. Cap held the slight advantage in rebounds 45-37, assists 11-7 and points in the paint 19-14. Capital had the upper hand with a 15-5 tilt in second chance points and 36-24 slant of points in the paint. The two teams tied with 10 fast-break points each.
The Student Princes were led by Bennie and DeAvery Collins who each had 12 points. Moxley joined in with 11 points. Heidelberg had a slight edge in bench points, outscoring Cap 18-16.
With the win, Capital improves to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in OAC play. The Crusaders return to the Cap Center as they play host to the Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday and it's Bright Out Mount which means wear your neon.