WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team successfully occupied Otterbein. Cap defeated Otterbein University 70-47, led by Austin Schreck with 20 points and nine rebounds.
The Crusaders started the game with a 12-4 run, led by freshman Tyler Jamison (Strongsville, Ohio/ Strongsville) with six points while sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./ Dixie Heights) added four.
After a Cardinal's Bryan Mackenzie 3-point basket made it 12-7, Schreck scored the next six points for Capital. Otterbein scored three more points to make the score 18-10 in favor of Cap.
Otterbein answered by outscoring Capital 11-10, which cut the lead 28-21 in favor of Cap.
After sophomore Joey Weingartner drained a 3-point shot, the Cardinals ended the half scoring the final five points and cut the Crusader lead to just five points, 31-26.
Otterbein came out in the second half firing, scoring the first six points and earned its first lead of the game, 32-31.
Capital fired back and went on a 20-5 run. Freshman Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/ Bishop Watterson) scored eight and freshman Dan Auble (Brecksville, Ohio/ Brecksville) contributed with five points, Cap extended its lead 51-37.
After Cardinal Grant Fenner made a layup, Cap went on another run. This time it was a 9-4 run. Freshman Ganiyu Yahaya (Allen, Ky./ Wesley Christian) scored four during the run. Capital's lead was extended to 60-41.
After Mackenzie hit a 3-point shot, the Crusaders scored four points from Jamison and Schreck. Matt Hughes scored the next three points for Otterbein and cut the Capital lead to 64-47. Cap ended the game by scoring six more points while holding the Cardinals scoreless in the final 2:33.
For the game Capital held Otterbein to just 32.7 percent from the field and 24 percent from behind the arc. The Crusaders defense also blocked five shots, the only blocks of the game. Cap showed a massive presence on the glass, outrebounding the Cardinals, 42-28, with 35 being defensive rebounds.
Offensively, Capital shot 50.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range. Cap also scored more second chance points, 10-6. The Crusaders accumulated 34 points in the paint while holding Otterbein to 20. The Cap bench outscored the Cardinals bench 14-12.
Schreck tied a game-high 20 points while adding nine rebounds and four assists. Jamison tallied 12 points, nine boards, a game-high three blocks, and three assists. Boone also ended the game in double-digit points with 10. He chipped in with four rebounds and one block.
The only Otterbein player to score double-digit points was Mackenzie with 20 points. Hughes had a team-high eight rebounds and tabbed eight points for the Cardinals.
With the victory Capital improves to 10-7 overall and 5-5 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Cap currently sits alone in the No. 5 spot in the conference rankings. The Crusaders take to the road Wednesday for their second matchup on the season with Muskingum University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.