COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team returned to the Capital Center as they hosted the University of Mount Union, Saturday afternoon. Tyrel Jackson led Cap with 18 points in the 75-70 loss.
The Crusaders started the game with an 8-3 run. Sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/ Centerville) scored five points, while senior Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/ Dublin Coffman) added a 3-pointer.
The Purple Raiders responded with an 8-3 run of their own, with J.J. Kukura scoring four.
Sophomore Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Oak Hills) scored six consecutive points for Cap, all three baskets were layups. Cap held a 17-13 lead with 11:24 left in the first half.
Mount Union went on a 12-4 run that lasted 4:37 and gave the Purple Raiders a 27-21 lead.
In the last 5:37 in the first half, Cap outscored Mount 9-2. Jackson accounted for five of the nine points.
For the first half, Jackson led all scorers with 12 points. He added two rebounds and one steal. Cox finished the half with eight points and a half-high four rebounds.
The second half started with a bang. Combined, both teams went 7-7 from the field and 3-3 from behind the arc. Weingartner and freshman Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/ Brecksville) each had a 3-pointer, while freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/ Strongsville) added a layup. Despite the two 3-pointers, Mount managed to outscore Cap 9-8 and tied the game at 38-38.
After an Auble foul sent DeAllen Jackson to the line for two free throws. D. Jackson made both free throws, which sparked a 14-2 run that took 4:04 off of the clock. Mount held a 52-40 lead.
The Crusaders didn't quit, they answered with a 12-5 run, which cut the Mount Union lead to 57-52, with 6:51 left in the game. During the stretch five different Capital players scored points.
After an 8-3 run by the Purple Raiders, Cap went on a 6-3 run. Cox started the run with two made free throws before freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky./ Wesley Christian) stripped D. Jackson which lead to a fast-break layup. Yahaya accounted for four of the six points. Cox added two points via the free-throw line. Capital trailed 68-61 with 1:35 left in the game.
Even though Cap outscored Mount Union 9-7 in the final 1:11, the Purple Raiders' lead was too much to overcome.
Mount Union shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half, which contributed to their win.
For the game, Capital held a slight advantage in bench points, 21-20. Cap had a slim tilt in second chance points, 10-6. The Crusaders had the upper hand on the glass, outrebounding Mount Union 36-29.
The Purple Raiders outscored Cap, 9-7, in points off turnovers. Mount had a presence down low with 34 points in the paint compared to Capital's 20 and outscored Cap 6-4, in fast-break points.
Kukura recorded a game-high 21 points for Mount Union, while D. Jackson chimed in with 17 points.
Capital was led by Jackson with 18 points, followed by Yahaya with 12 and Cox with 11. Cox controlled the boards for Cap with a team-high five rebounds and a game-high four assists.
With the loss, Capital falls to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The Crusaders return to the hardwood this Wednesday night as they host the Pioneers of Marietta College. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. and will be staff appreciation night.